July 23, 2007

You just gotta shake your head and laugh. Hard.

At Berkeley, the purveyors of the course "Computer Science 188: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" have decided to be politically correct with an A.I. checkers game. How so? They've renamed the "king" -- wait for it! -- the "AAP" or "Additionally Abled Piece."

If a piece reaches the opposite side, it becomes an AAP (Additionally Abled Piece -- actually, it's called a "king", but we decided to eschew sexist and monarchist nomenclature) and can move both backwards and forwards along the diagonals.

You just gotta laugh, folks.

(h/t: Phi Beta Cons.)

Posted by Hube at July 23, 2007 10:50 AM | TrackBack

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In this context of sensitivity I found it amusing that, after writing "you probably recall the game as well as we do", the authors described rules for Anglo-American checkers, with no consideration that international and foreign-born students might have grown up learning another variant.

Posted by: Nels Nelson at July 24, 2007 02:24 PM

That's funny, considering that the queen is the most powerful piece on the board, while the king is just a target.

Posted by: G Rex at July 25, 2007 09:52 AM

Rex: It is checkers, not chess. :-)

Posted by: Hube at July 25, 2007 11:42 AM

Got it, thanks. But if they did chess, I'd have a point, right? Been away too long I guess.

Posted by: G Rex at July 25, 2007 02:35 PM