Google’s AI Becomes World’s Best Chess Player
DeepMind, Google’s artificial intelligence programme, has not only surpassed the limits of human ability in chess, but it has done so in only four hours, according to The Week.
DeepMind achieved the feat learning from scratch with its AlphaZero programme which has "superhuman" knowledge.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has long been tested against the game of chess due to the ancient game's structural rigidity which makes it perfect for computer analysis and testing.
AlphaZero began experimenting by playing games against itself, thereby ‘learning’ the game and repeatedly updating its neural network in the process.
In only a few hours AlphaZero had discerned the effectiveness of all possible moves at given times, thus making it the best chess player in the world.
While computers have surpassed human ability before in games of chess – World Champion Garry Kasparov was beaten back in 1997 by an IBM supercomputer – AlphaZero marks the first time a computer has won after learning chess itself, rather than relying on pre-conditioned programming.
Chess Education Expert David Kramaley said: "The games AlphaZero played are far beyond anything humans or chess computers have come up with."
However, the creators of DeepMind have plans for the technology that go way beyond chess, with DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis recently stating: "If [AlphaZero] can be applied to other structured problems, such as protein folding, reducing energy consumption, or searching for revolutionary new materials, the resulting breakthroughs have the potential to drive forward human understanding and positively impact all of our lives."
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