Artificial intelligence just reached a milestone that was supposed to be 10 years away

Artificial intelligence just overcame a new hurdle: learning to play Go, a game thousands of times more complex than chess, well enough to beat the greatest human player at his own game. Twice. AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence system developed by Google DeepMind, is two games into a six-day, five-game match with Lee Sedol, the world’s best Go player. And so far, AlphaGo has won both games — meaning that if Sedol is going to triumph, he has to stage a quick comeback. Go, a two-player game, is played on a board with 361 squares, with an unlimited supply of white and black game pieces, called stones. Players arrange the stones on the board to create “territories” by marking off parts of the board game, and can capture their opponent’s pieces…


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