Odd book

Robert Harrison bobh at tds.net
Fri May 8 01:06:53 CDT 2020

I wrote a program for TicTacToe back in 1975 for a Monroe Calculator. I had a cheat key you could use to launch the game which would allow to win, it only would stop obvious winning situations, otherwise, the calculator would win or tie. My 8 year old sister played so bad, she beat it in winning mode!!!

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> On May 8, 2020, at 1:01 AM, Fred Cisin via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>>> There are only a few winning and tying patterns for tic tac toe. There was
>> a fellow that made a relay logic that >could play tic tac toe and would win
>> against a human of at least tie but never lose.
>>> Checkers is one of the most complicated games.
>>> Dwight
>> I am not very familiar with the game theory of Tic Tac Toe. However, what
>> you say does make sense and in general I would think the best that can be
>> hoped for between adult player and a computer is a tie (barring no stupid
>> mistakes on the part of the human player). However, according to the New
>> Yorker article the Manrobot beat the human player five times in a row....
>> hence my quip about the WOPR.
> Consider the possibility that the writer took "did not lose 5 times in a row", and wrote that as "WON 5 times in a row".

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