Game over? New Artificial Intelligence challenge to human smarts

PARIS (AFP) – Every two years or so, computer speed and memory capacity doubles — a head-spinning pace that experts say could see machines become smarter than humans within decades. This week, one test of how far Artificial Intelligence (AI) has come will happen in Seoul: a five-day battle between man and machine for supremacy in the 3,000-year-old Chinese board game Go. Said to be the most complex game ever designed, with an incomputable number of move options, Go requires human-like “intuition” to prevail. “If the machine wins, it will be an important symbolic moment,” AI expert Jean-Gabriel Ganascia of the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris told AFP. “Until now, the game of Go has been problematic for computers as there are too many possible moves to develop…


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