Google’s AlphaGo to take on world Go champ

Go Google! Google’s Go-playing program AlphaGo will take on world champion Lee Sedol in a series of games in Korea next month. There’s a $1 million prize for the winner. AlphaGo has already bested ranking Go masters in Europe, and now has set its sights on a world championship. The Go-playing program, developed by Google’s London-based artificial intelligence team DeepMind, trounced the best Go-playing AI programs in a series of matches, as reported by Nature last month. It is yet another example of how machine intelligence is sweeping one field after another that until recently had been dominated by traditional artificial intelligence approaches. Rather than processing computer instructions sequentially, machine intelligence uses neural networks — clusters of processors — to handle many tasks simultaneously. AlphaGo uses these clusters of graphics…

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