Google victories in Go game amaze experts

Lee Sedol wasn’t just playing against a Google computer this week when the 18-time world champion lost two straight matches in “Go,” the most complex board game in the world. Lee was, in effect, competing against hundreds of the best players on the planet, whose millions of moves had been fed into Google’s AlphaGo during the machine’s training. AlphaGo’s victories — a sign of rapid advancements in artificial intelligence — have amazed some Bay Area computer scientists. Not since IBM’s Deep Blue upset world chess champion Gary Kasparov in 1997 has machine so humbled — and impressed — man. “Everyone has been shocked and surprised with the extent to which AlphaGo plays like a human being,” said Stanford University computer science professor Christopher Manning, who specializes in computer language-processing and…


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