Google AI crushes Go grandmaster and beats Facebook as well

Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) division has achieved a landmark victory over the grandmaster of Chinese board game Go. The AlphaGo system beat three-time European Go champion Fan Hui 5:0 in a competition held at the company’s London headquarters in October. AlphaGo was built by Google’s AI division created from the $400m acquisition of London-based AI company DeepMind in 2014. The victory is notable because the complexity of Go makes it difficult for computer systems to calculate all the possible moves. Chess, for example, offers 400 possible moves after the first two, but Go offers 130,000, making it very difficult for an AI to perform those calculations to match a human opponent. Traditional AIs used in Go construct search trees to calculate all the possible positions. But to beat a human…


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