Facebook Computer Could Beat 2500-Year-Old Game

Facebook is trying to build software that can beat humans at a 2,500-year-old strategy game that has stumped computer scientists for decades. “Go” has more possible permutations than chess despite its simple rules, meaning it has so far been too difficult to design a computer system that can beat humans. But Facebook – currently throwing millions of dollars at complex “deep learning” technology – says it thinks it can solve it. Players of Go place black or white stones at the intersection of lines on a 19-by-19 grid. Facebook’s chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer said the secret lies in spotting “visual patterns”. He said: “We’re pretty sure the best human players end up looking at visual patterns, looking at the visuals of the board to help them understand what are…


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