AI Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level

Neural networks are generally considered to be one of the most powerful and promising artificial intelligence technologies currently available. That’s why it’s big news that Matthew Lai at Imperial College London has developed an impressive new artificial intelligence called Giraffe based on neural networks. With the September 4th publication of his dissertation, Lai announced Giraffe had learned to play chess by evaluating positions much like humans do and unlike conventional chess engines. Of note, with just 72 hours of learning how to play chess, the new AI machine already played at close to the same level as the best conventional chess engines, most of which were developed and tuned over many years. Giraffe’s three days of training enabled it to perform at the level of a FIDE International Master, meaning…


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