Computer beats champion board gamer in fresh triumph for artificial intelligence

In what’s being billed as a further step in the emergence of artificial intelligence, a computer has managed to beat the European champion of the ancient board game of Go. Its developers are now ready to pit their programme against Go’s world champion in a match during March. AlphaGo was developed by David Silver, Aja Huang, Demis Hassabis and colleagues in Google DeepMind, London, and thinks like a human when it comes to Go. “It is based on something more akin to imagination,” said Mr Silver when describing how it works. It uses two neural networks – a computer system modelled on the human brain and nervous system – that assess what moves to make. These can play solo games and learn from experience when “taught” by human supervised learning…


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