Google DeepMind cyber-brain cracks toughest AI challenge yet – super-nerd board game Go

A Google-designed artificial intelligence system has for the first time beaten a top human player at the board game Go. A team of researchers from Google DeepMind said in a Nature article [PDF] that their AlphaGo program is not only able to beat 99 per cent of all previous Go-playing systems, but has also beaten Fan Hui – Europe’s top player in all five games of a head-to-head series. Jon Diamond, president of the British Go Association, said he expected “it would be at least 5-10 years before a program would be able to beat the top human players.” “This is the first time that a computer program has defeated a human professional player in the full-sized game of Go, a feat previously thought to be at least a decade…


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