Computer beats human at Go A player places a black stone while his opponent waits to place a white one as they play Go, a game of strategy, in the Seattle Go Center, Tuesday, April 30, 2002. (AP Photo/Cheryl Hatch/Thinkstock)
Computer beats human at Go
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A computer program has beaten a human champion at the ancient Chinese board game Go. It marked a significant advance for development of artificial intelligence.
 
The program had taught itself how to win. Its developers say its learning strategy may someday let computers help solve real-world problems. Those could include making medical diagnoses and pursuing scientific research.
 
The program and its victory are described in a paper. It was released by the journal Nature.
 
Computers previously have surpassed humans for other games. Those include chess, checkers and backgammon. But among classic games, Go has long been viewed as the most challenging for artificial intelligence to master.
 
Go originated in China. It was created more than 2,500 years ago. The game involves two players. They take turns putting markers on a checkerboard-like grid. The object is to surround more area on the board with the markers than one's opponent. Players capture the opponent's pieces by surrounding them.
 
The rules are simple.  But playing it is not.  It's "probably the most complex game ever devised by humans," Dennis Hassabis of Google DeepMind in London, told reporters. He is one of the study's authors.
 
The new program is called AlphaGo. It beat the European champion in all five games of a match in October. That was according to Nature.
 
In March, AlphaGo will face legendary player Lee Sedol in Seoul, South Korea. They will play for a $1 million prize, Hassabis said.
 
Martin Mueller is a computing science professor. He works at the University of Alberta in Canada. He has worked on Go programs for 30 years. He didn't participate in AlphaGo. He said the new program "is really a big step up from everything else we've seen. It's a very, very impressive piece of work."

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COMMENTS (28)
  • antoniof1-rob
    2/03/2016 - 09:43 a.m.

    the key was to get more of the beats on.

  • taylorh-rob
    2/03/2016 - 09:45 a.m.

    I think the key to success is that the computer knows how to win so it can prevent you because it always knows the next move to winning the game. I think that's major to winning a game knowing if this person does this i need to do something else.

  • kristinb1-rob
    2/03/2016 - 09:45 a.m.

    The program had taught itself how to win.Its developers say its learning strategy may someday let computers solve real-world problems.Those could include making medical diagnoses and pursuing specific research.

  • montajahc-rob
    2/03/2016 - 09:46 a.m.

    That it is programed to beat the people at any games and it is suppose to show u to keep trying

  • nathanielj-rob
    2/03/2016 - 09:47 a.m.

    the key is that the coumputer taught its self how to win

  • brandonp-rob
    2/03/2016 - 09:47 a.m.

    The program has taught itself to win.

  • kelseyj-rob
    2/03/2016 - 09:47 a.m.

    The key to the computer's success, is that Go is a learning strategy that may someday help computers solve real-world problems. It also helps by making medical diagoneses and scientific research. Thats the computers key to success.

  • kenyab1-rob
    2/03/2016 - 09:52 a.m.

    Martin Mueller has been working in the Go program for 30 years. In March AlphaGo will face legendary player for 1 million prize.

  • mahkaylah-rob
    2/03/2016 - 01:31 p.m.

    The key to the computer's success is that it knew how to do differnt tricks so it can beat the oppeont that he is playing against with moves he never seen before.

  • guillermoi1-rob
    2/03/2016 - 01:34 p.m.

    The key to the computer's success was it had already learned how to play and had strategy on how to win it new which would be the winning move.

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