Artificial intelligence defeats a professional player at ancient game of Go

Artificial intelligence is everywhere these days even if we don’t recognize it. You can thank, or blame, AI for the suggestions Amazon gives you on what to buy next, or Google’s habit of finishing your sentences when searching. However, it’s not the sudden shift in search engine optimization that has artificial intelligence researchers celebrating, but the unexpected victory of an AI system at a game of Go against a professional human player. While the victory itself is shocking, what is more exciting is how the artificial intelligence system managed to win. According to a report released on Jan 27 in the journal Nature, the system, called AlphaGo, won by teaching itself how to play the game through a process called “deep learning.” Board games have long been the testing grounds…


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