It’s AI vs. humans in this week’s history-making Go face-off

In this ancient Chinese game, there are more possible positions than there are atoms in the universe. Is this humanity’s last stand? A modern-day Go board with game in play. Credit: Katherine Noyes IDG News Service Mar 7, 2016 11:10 AM When IBM’s Deep Blue beat chess champion Garry Kasparov back in 1997, the world was agog over AI’s potential. This week, Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo system will face an even tougher test in a series of matches against a top-ranked master in the ancient game of Go. The tournament will in many ways be an ultimate challenge for the artificial-intelligence system following its victory last fall — roughly a decade earlier than anyone had expected — over European champion Fan Hui. Go is an ancient Chinese game widely considered even…


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