Artificial intelligence system defeats human champion in strategy game “Go”

The sharpest player of the classic strategy game “Go” isn’t a human — it’s a super-smart computer. Researchers from the Google-owned company DeepMind have developed AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence system that has mastered the art of playing the ancient Chinese board game. The team published their findings of the computer’s success in the journal Nature. Go is often considered a game that would be the greatest challenge for artificial intelligence — even more so than chess. (In 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue famously defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov, ushering in a new era of respect for computer brain power.) Go is a complex game that involves quickly evaluating board positions and a vast array of potential moves. “Until recently the strongest computers were still playing Go at the level of…


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