All systems Go as London leads the world in artificial intelligence

Over the next week or so, a team based in north London may well achieve something so historic that people will still be writing about it in a hundred years. No, I’m not talking about the possibility of Spurs beating Arsenal on Saturday, and going on to win the Premier League, although that would be pretty remarkable. That said, the achievement I’m referring to does involve a game — it’s called Go, an ancient Chinese board game that people have been playing for 2,500 years. Go is incredibly simple — there are only two rules — but it’s fiendishly difficult to master. In chess there are 20 possible opening moves, whereas Go has 361. Go only gets more challenging from there. To give you a sense of this immense complexity,…


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