The AlphaGo program came to limelight in 2016 when it bested one of the world’s best players in the historic board game “Go.” Now the computer has also won a second game in the match against its next champion.
The Google software AlphaGo continues its victory against the world’s best experts in the old Asian board game “Go.” After the program of the British company DeepMind on May 23, 2017 beat the 19-year-old Chinese Ke-Jie, who is currently considered the world’s best player, the software also won a second game. The result is a good overall for the AI. In March 2017, AlphaGo defeated the South Korean champion Lee 4 to 1 and caused a lot of attention.
Software is adopting and learning
“Go” has been considered too complex for computers. The game, in which alternating white and black stones are placed on the board, has much more possible combinations than chess – too many to complete them overall. AlphaGo therefore analyzes the traits a person is likely to play and focuses on them. DeepMind fed the program with several tens of millions of moves from human champions. Then the software played millions of games against itself and analyzed which road brought it to the goal. Google bought DeepMind in 2014 for 400 million pounds (approximately 460 million euros) and wants to use the artificial intelligence of the company among other things in the analysis of disease symptoms.