Go, Go AlphaGo

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Google DeepMind researchers conquer the ‘”white whale” of artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence experts said it wouldn’t happen in 2016 — even 2030 would be a stretch. But it did. In March, AlphaGo, a program from Google’s AI research company, DeepMind, defeated 18-time world champion Go player Lee Sedol, 4-1, in a historic showdown in South Korea. Go is an ancient Chinese board game that’s elegantly simple, yet wickedly difficult to master because of the near-infinite number of legal moves on the board’s 19-by-19 grid. AI research…

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