Alphabet Unit’s Artificial-Intelligence Program Wins Major Victory

ENLARGE Mastering Go has been a target of artificial-intelligence research because the game requires more humanlike skills of pattern recognition and intuitive judgment. Photo: iStock By Alistair Barr and Alistair Barr The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @alistairmbarr alistair.barr@wsj.com Jack Nicas Jack Nicas The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @jacknicas jnicas Google+ Jack.Nicas@dowjones.com Jan. 27, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Researchers claimed a major artificial-intelligence breakthrough on Wednesday, unveiling a software program that taught itself to beat a top human player of the game Go, considered a milestone challenge in the field. Researchers at Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOGL -0.75 % ’s DeepMind unit said the program, AlphaGo, beat European Go champion Fan Hui five games to zero on a full board during a recent competition at DeepMind’s London…


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