Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Let's just hope this Scrabble-playing robot isn't programmed by Allan Simmons

Illustration and text found at Two ITRI Technologies Named CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honorees. (ITRI, 11/10/2017)

Related articles:
Scrabble Champion Banned From Professional Competition After Accusations Of Cheating.  (NPR, 11/14/2017)
Allan Simmons has been accused of cheating in a professional Scrabble Championship in June. The former British Scrabble champion has now been banned from professional competition after he was found to have peeked at the tiles he was drawing.

He Wrote The Book(s) On Scrabble. But Has He Been Playing By The Letter Of The Law? (NPR, 11/14/2017)
He has won the Scrabble national championship in the United Kingdom. Self-described as "the world's only scrabble consultant," he has penned or co-written a number of books on the game, including several authoritative reference works. And despite decades of high-level play, he showed few signs of slowing — maintaining a No. 5 ranking worldwide, according to one rating system.

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