‘Huge leap forward’: Computer that mimics human brain beats professional at game of Go

Eighteen years after a computer beat then-reigning world champion Garry Kasparov at chess, a machine has defeated a professional player at the ancient eastern board game Go. The new advance is much bigger, artificial intelligence (AI) researchers say, as Go is such a computationally demanding game that even a decade ago some researchers thought a computer would never defeat a human expert. What’s more, the machine won not by virtue of overwhelming computational power, but by employing “machine learning” tools that enable it to teach itself and to think more like humans do. “A lot of people will be shocked because for many years people have tried to sell the notion of Go as a game in which computers can never beat humans,” says Rémi Coulom, a freelance AI researcher…


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