Google’s machine beats master at strategy game Go in historic AI breakthrough

A computer program developed by Google has beaten a professional player at the ancient strategy game of Go, a potentially-historic breakthrough in the quest to develop artificial intelligence capable of matching humans. DeepMind, a British AI company owned by the internet giant, has developed software that repeatedly beat the European champion of the fiendishly-difficult board game, an advance that has evaded researchers for years and was believed to be a decade away. Go, a Chinese pastime that dates back 2,500 years, is one of the last games in which humans have maintained their superiority over machines. Its rules are simple, with opponents using black and white stones to try and dominate as much of a board as possible, but it takes a lifetime to master. There are 10 times as…


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