Why should you care about Google’s AI winning a board game?

Water cooler – El Reg, what’s all this about a Google AI playing a board game against a human? For the last week or so, Google-owned DeepMind’s AlphaGo machine learning project has been locked in a competition with Lee Sedol, the world’s top-ranked Go player, to test AlphaGo’s ability to solve the sort of complex problems that the human mind is capable of handling. How is it doing that? By playing Go, a Chinese board game invented thousands of years ago. Users take turns placing stones on a grid, aiming to surround the opponent’s pieces with their own to take those pieces off the board. Lee Sedol is putting DeepMind’s AlphaGo software to the test with a series of five games. Didn’t we already do this, like, a bunch of…


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