Note to self: if you ever want to be at productive at work, never ever mention the game 2048 or you will kill the productivity of the entire engineering team. This happend before, it shouldn’t have happened again but it did.

Someone brought up 2048. I spent 20 minutes playing 2048. Someone linked to the doge version of 2048. Played that for 20 minutes. Someone linked to a bot playing 2048. Now I’m spending 15 minutes watching the bot beat 2048. How is AI so good? I had to find out.

I found the original author of the algorithm from this stackoverflow post. Minimax? Alpha-beta search? What is this magic and why haven’t I learned about this in college? I spent the next 45 minutes watching a MIT OpenCourseWare learning about minimax.

It was a good day.