Google’s AI Breakthrough: Machine Beats Human Go Player For First Time

Google has invested a great deal in machine learning and artificial intelligence. In early 2014 it acquired London-based DeepMind for roughly $500 million according to some estimates. Today the company is showing off an AI milestone. Google says a program created by DeepMind called AlphaGo has done what nobody has done before: beaten a professional, human Go player. The game of Go is vastly more complicated than chess and takes a lifetime to master. That’s why, according to DeepMind, this event is a much bigger deal than IBM’s Deep Blue defeat of Russian chess master Garry Kasparov in 1997 or Watson’s Jeopardy victory in 2011. Researches told journalists on a conference call that it’s much more difficult to program a computer to play Go than chess. That’s because there are…


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