Google develops AI which can beat human players at the game of GO

Google researchers in the UK have developed an artificial intelligence capable of beating top players at the game of Go, an abstract board game which originated in ancient China. While machines have already bested humans at other games of strategy and intellect such as chess and Scrabble, Go remained a challenge for AI researchers. Some experts in the field believed that it would take a decade before a computer could defeat a pro at the game. Google subsidiary DeepMind developed the software, called Alpha Go, based on a novel approach to machine learning which has proven superior to traditional strategies for creating winning AIs. AlphaGo, successfully beat the three-time European Go champion Fan Hui 5-0 in a series of games at the company’s headquarters in King’s Cross last October. The…


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