Paul Gilster: Google’s AlphaGo shows promise of artificial intelligence

If you like old and complex things as much as I do, Chinese culture has much to offer. The I Ching is said by some to be the world’s oldest book, dating back perhaps 5,000 years. And the game of Go is the oldest board game still played, though only half the age of the I Ching. So complex is Go that it has been a target for people interested in developing artificial intelligence in computers. Could we create a computer smart enough to take on the world’s best players? The challenge may not seem overwhelming at first, considering that it was way back in 1996 that IBM’s Deep Blue computer played Gary Kasparov, who at that time was world chess champion, and won. Kasparov, it has to be said,…


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