Roundup: Google algorithm beats Go champion, signifying major AI breakthrough

LONDON, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) — By mastering the classic strategy game Go, the deep-learning computer program developed by Google’s London-based subsidiary, DeepMind, has demonstrated a major step forward in artificial intelligence (AI). Some experts predicted that it would take at least a decade before AI programs can beat human professionals in the full-sized game of Go with no handicap. Now the program, called AlphaGo, changes that course. It has defeated Fan Hui, the European Go champion, five times out of five in tournament conditions, as was revealed by DeepMind researchers in a study published in the journal Nature. The program also achieved a 99.8 percent winning rate against other Go programs. The DeepMind team will further test their program by arranging a five-game challenge match in Seoul against South Korean…


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