Artificial Intelligence Defeats Humans At 2500-Year-Old Chinese Board Game

In a milestone event for both Artificial Intelligence and Google, a computer programme developed by the Internet giant has beaten a human champion at the 2,500-year-old complex Chinese game of Go. discovermagazine Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo beat the reigning three-time European Go champion Fan Hui – who has devoted his life to the game since the age of 12 – five games to nil in October last year in London. The first game mastered by a computer was noughts and crosses (also known as tic-tac-toe) in 1952. In 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue computer famously beat Garry Kasparov at chess. But to date, Go has thwarted artificial intelligence (AI) researchers; computers still only play Go as well as amateurs. The game involves players taking turns to place black or white stones on…


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