Artificial intelligence Google program bests go pros with deep learning

SILICON VALLEY — Google has trained a computer to beat professional go players, opening the door to new applications and ethical concerns as artificial intelligence draws closer to matching human thinking.      The U.S. tech giant presented its findings in Wednesday’s issue of Nature. Though a computer managed to topple the world chess champion in 1997 and defeat the top women’s shogi player in 2010, Google’s Alpha Go program is the first to triumph over professional go players under official rules. Tougher than chess The go board is larger than that used in chess or shogi, creating possible scenarios numbering 10 to the 360th power. Anticipating and solving all possible board combinations is impossible even for today’s most advanced computers, and many researchers had predicted that a program capable of besting pro players was…


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