Artificial intelligence pioneered by University of Alberta graduates masters Chinese board game

The last bastion of human game mastery has been toppled by a computer, thanks to some University of Alberta graduates. A group of computing scientists at Google DeepMind led by University of Alberta PhD graduate David Silver and former postdoctorate fellow Aja Huang have pioneered the first artificial intelligence capable of defeating experienced human players in the complex Chinese board game Go following decades of attempts by scientists worldwide. In a game of Go, players place black and white stones on a grid with an aim to surround more territory than their opponent. With more possible board positions than atoms in the universe, the abstract game is more difficult to master than checkers or chess, two other complex board games mastered by computer programs in 1994 and 1996 respectively. “Most…


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