Google’s artificial intelligence just won a 2500-year-old board game

Last October, the world of artificial intelligence achieved a milestone some 20 years in the making. Behind closed doors at Google’s London HQ, the reigning three-time European champion of the Chinese game Go sat down to compete against a cloud-based computer called AlphaGo. This event was significant for a variety of reasons. Go, an ancient game more than 2,500 years old, is considered by many to be the most complex game in the world due to the sheer number of possible variations in a single match. While artificial intelligence, or AI, has managed to conquer games like chess and checkers against human opponents, Go has proven to be an elusive prize. Just how difficult is it? According to Google DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis, there are more moves in Go “than the…


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