The real deal

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) just overcame a new hurdle: learning to play Go, a game considered thousands of times more complex than chess—well enough to beat the greatest human player at his own game. South Korean national Lee Se-dol, one of the world’s top Go players, won only one of the five matches against Google’s AlphaGo, missing out on the $1-million prize up for grabs in a recent ‘challenge’ held in Seoul. AlphaGo, an AI system developed by Google DeepMind, just bested the best Go-playing human currently alive. This was not supposed to happen. At least, not for a while. Artificial intelligence capable of beating the best humans at the game was predicted to be 10 years away. Go, a two-player game, is played on a board with 361 squares, with…

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