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posted by martyb on Thursday December 07, @07:40PM   Printer-friendly
from the wait-until-they-teach-it-how-to-write-software dept.

Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown

Google says its AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence program has triumphed at chess against world-leading specialist software within hours of teaching itself the game from scratch. The firm's DeepMind division says that it played 100 games against Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them.

The research has yet to be peer reviewed. But experts already suggest the achievement will strengthen the firm's position in a competitive sector. "From a scientific point of view, it's the latest in a series of dazzling results that DeepMind has produced," the University of Oxford's Prof Michael Wooldridge told the BBC. "The general trajectory in DeepMind seems to be to solve a problem and then demonstrate it can really ramp up performance, and that's very impressive."

Previously: Google's AI Declares Galactic War on Starcraft
AlphaGo Zero Makes AlphaGo Obsolete


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by r1348 on Thursday December 07, @08:47PM (1 child)

    by r1348 (5988) on Thursday December 07, @08:47PM (#606982)

    Google has enough spare cash to fund research projects that might not be immediately or obviously profitable.

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  • (Score: 2) by darkfeline on Friday December 08, @05:12AM

    by darkfeline (1030) on Friday December 08, @05:12AM (#607097) Homepage

    I think of Google as a crazy research institution funded by ads. Maps, Earth, AlphaGo, Loon, Waymo, etc. all must be huge money sinks. Remember a lot of these started years before anyone seriously believed they would be successful.