WATCH: Artificial intelligence beats human Go champion for the first time

Computer scientists in Google’s DeepMind division in the UK have scored an impressive record, beating a human champion at the ancient Chinese board game Go with artificial intelligence (AI) for the first time. Go is a very old game dating back more than 2,500 years, in which players compete to surround one another’s stones on a grid. While often compared to Chess in that both games offer a serious strategic challenge, the actual complexity of Go reaches far beyond Chess in terms of its mathematical possibilities. DeepMind’s researchers say that despite the game’s seeming simplicity, the amount of possible positions in the game is greater than the number of atoms in the known Universe. According to the Shannon number, named after mathematician Claude Shannon, the same can be…


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