Game victory a win for artificial intelligence

Computer scientists have been trying to crack Go for years. Fairfax Media by Jack Clark Computers have learned to master backgammon, chess, and Atari’s Breakout, but one game has always eluded them. It’s a Chinese board game called Go invented more than 2,500 years ago. The artificial-intelligence challenge has piqued the interest of researchers at Google and Facebook, and the search giant has recently made a breakthrough. Google has developed the first AI software that learns to play Go and is able to beat some professional human players, according to an article published Wednesday in the science journal Nature. Google DeepMind, the London research group behind the project, is now getting the software ready for a competition in Seoul against the world’s best Go player in March. The event harks back to the highly publicised chess match in…

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