Opinion: Computer takes on a human master of Go

(CNN) -In 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue computer defeated the world chess champion Garry Kasparov. It was a momentous occasion for artificial intelligence, showing how far a clever algorithm could go in a game prized for its intellectual difficulty. But even as computer scientists celebrated that achievement, there was another game that posed an even greater challenge: the ancient board game Go. Deceptively simple, Go has two players alternately place black and white stones on a 19-by-19 board. But the gameplay is dizzyingly complex, with more possible board positions than there are atoms in the universe. This is why mastering Go has always had a special appeal for AI researchers: Even the most sophisticated algorithms have fallen far short of matching the best human players. Until now. Late last year, DeepMindā€¦

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