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Re: [Bug-gnubg] gnubg "personalities"

From: Christian Anthon
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] gnubg "personalities"
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2006 00:04:01 +0200

On 7/7/06, Douglas Zare <address@hidden> wrote:

I've contributed many ideas to gnubg, but I'd like to ask that you not
start working on this idea of mine before the end of 2006. I'm pretty
confident that this idea was not "in the air."

Well, to quote from zbots homepage,

Welcome to the home page for Zbot, a new backgammon program.

Zbot is still in development. The first version, Zbot Chouette, is
expected early 2004, with Zbot Tournament following in Spring 2004.

# Zbot uses cutting-edge advances in artificial intelligence, not just
to play well, but to give you more information about why a move is
# to play quickly,
# to admit when it doesn't understand a position well, and
# to emulate human personalities.

So I would say that your idea has been known for some time, and to my
knowledge you have not participated in the development of gnubg since
the announcement of zbot, so your request seems a little misplaced to
me. To say the least.

Of course I would like to see zbot actually on the market and that it
gets every bit of market share that it deserves. But don't be
surprised or even offended when we reverse engineer and on occasion
improve on features that zbot has or is announced to have in the


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