Google plays Go, beats European (human) champ

Black-and-white pieces occupy spaces on a board during a game of Go, which Google’s software engineers say they’ve taught a computer program to play better than most humans.(Photo: Courtesy Google) Google’s software engineers have taught a computer program to beat almost any human at an ancient and highly complex Chinese strategy game known as “Go.” While computers have largely mastered checkers and chess, Go, considered the oldest board game still played, is far more complicated. There are more possible positions in the game than are atoms in the universe, Google said — an “irresistible” challenge for the company’s engineers, who used artificial intelligence enable the program to learn from repeat games. The AlphaGo computer system is much more sophisticated than the IBM-created Deep Blue computer that in 1996 won the first…

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