Forget Chess. A.I. Masters Wickedly Complex, Chinese Game Of ‘Go’

In the game Go, players use white or black stones to attempt to fence off territory. iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption iStockphoto A computer has bested humanity at one of the most complex strategy games ever devised. Researchers at Google have developed a program that can excel at the Chinese game of “go,” which is considered a tougher problem for a machine than other strategy games such as chess. The program has defeated the European champion of the game. Now its developers say the same technology may be used to conquer problems in everything from medicine to climate modelling. A paper describing the program appears today in the journal Nature. The game of go began in China more than 2,500 years ago. Players use white or black stones to attempt…


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