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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 jcross on Thursday December 07, @10:29PM

    by jcross (4009) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07, @10:29PM (#607018)

    IMO, the fact that IBM has been struggling to figure out how to monetize a technology doesn't mean it'll be hard for someone else. From everything I've read lately, they seem like a sinking ship of fools, desperately hoping that saying "Cloud" and "AI" enough will save them. Just as one example, I don't see IBM licensing a component or service to the gaming industry, but Google seems capable of something like that. It could be used to direct NPCs or even to test games in development and get a quantitative measurement of difficulty.

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