Zuckerberg created algorithm to beat teen girl at Scrabble

This is the length that Mark Zuckerberg will go to to win a game of Scrabble.

The Facebook CEO was playing a friend’s teen daughter on a corporate jet a few years ago when she beat him. So he built a computer program to help him in the next match, according to a profile published in The New Yorker’s Sept. 17 issue.

The program looked up his letters in the dictionary so that he could choose from all the possible words and it gave him a “narrow lead” by the time the plane landed.

“During the game in which I was playing the program, everyone around us was taking sides: Team Human and Team Machine,” the young woman, who was then a high school student, told the magazine.


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