Daily Archives: July 19, 2007

Checkers It was fun while it lasted, but no one need pick up a game of draughts again. Researchers at the University of Alberta say they have solved the game of checkers, as it is known in the US and Canada, using brute force computing.

Since 1989, a dozen or more computers have been working simultanteously to calculate all possible moves arising from the game’s traditional starting position. The result? A perfectly played game of daughts will result in a draw every time, just like tic-tac-toe. Read more

Voicetoscreen SpinVox, the leading UK speech-to-text voicemail service, is setting up shop here in San Francisco as it expands into converting the social conversations of the Web 2.0 crowd into the written word.

SpinVox started out using its speech-recognition technology to offer a time-saving conversion of voicemails into text transcripts, which are emailed to its users. Read more