Computer beats human at ancient Go game, touted as an artificial intelligence milestone

Students play the board game “Go”, known as “Weiqi” in Chinese, during a competition to mark the 100-day countdown to the opening of Beijing Olympics at a primary school in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. (REUTERS/China Daily) In a historic first for artificial intelligence, a computer program developed by Google DeepMind has successfully beaten a professional human player at the ancient game of Go. The board game, which has its roots in ancient China some 3,000 years ago, has long been considered the ultimate test for artificial intelligence because of the large search space and the challenge of evaluating board position and moves. For those unfamiliar with the game which is hugely popular in Asia, it requires two players to alternative place black and white pieces onto a square grid with the…


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