Friday/ there goes the game of go

I’m following the20160312_STP003_0 match-up between the world’s best player of the game of go, and a computer from DeepMind*, an artificial intelligence software house in London that was bought by Google in 2014. Go is played on a 19×19 grid of vertical and horizontal lines with black and white checkers.  The number of games that can be played on it is enormous: The Economist’s article says a rough-and-ready guess gives around 10170.  (Keep in mind there are only an estimated 1080 particles in the observable universe).  Anyway : it’s 2-0 for the computer so far, but humans need not despair. General-purpose machine intelligence remains a long way off, says the article.

*Not to be confused with Deep Blue, the chess machine that beat Gary Kasparov in 1997.

Update : 3-13-2016 11-01-41 AMSunday 3/13.  I see it’s 3-1 for Deep Mind’s AlphaGo program. The South Korean Go master Lee Sidol won a game against the machine, at least denying it a clean sweep in the 5-game match-up.

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