Google computer first to beat human at world’s hardest game

Artificial intelligence has taken a major leap forward thanks to a Google program ‘learning’ how to defeat Europe’s top player of the world’s most complex board game, Go. The ancient Chinese game gives players about 180 more possible moves at any stage of play compared to chess, and was considered too difficult for a computer to keep up with the creativity needed to win a game. However the AlphaGo program proved otherwise and took down champion player Fan Hui in a resounding five games to nil. Man squared off against machine last October, but a scientific study of the computer’s moves was only recently published in the journal Nature. Demis Hassabis worked on the program and said AlphaGo’s performance even surprised the Google development team. “There are more configurations of…


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