This AI can beat almost anyone at chess after 72 hours of learning

When talk turns to robotics, the most pressing concern is usually how quickly they’re going to take our jobs – but perhaps the grand masters of chess should be the ones looking over their shoulders. A computer scientist in the UK has invented a new type of chess artificial intelligence that’s able to get up to the International Master level after just 72 hours of tuition. Chess-playing computers aren’t new of course – IBM’s Deep Blue scored the first AI triumph over a human world champion by beating Garry Kasparov in 1997 – but Lai’s approach works differently. Rather than studying all the millions of possible moves simultaneously, as Deep Blue and its successors do, the new AI (nicknamed Giraffe) is able to ‘think’ intuitively as it goes, using a…


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