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DeepMind Chess: Google's AlphaZero AI Beats Champion Software

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By    |   Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 10:35 AM

Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence claimed the chess crown when it beat the title holding computer program after learning the game within hours, The Guardian reported.

AlphaZero played a 100-game matchup against the world champion, Stockfish 8, and ended up winning or drawing each game.

What makes this astonishing is that there was no human input involved in the program's learning approach to the game.

It was programed with a basic set of chess rules, The Telegraph noted, and the program then devised its own winning strategies from playing against itself in multiple games.

"From a scientific point of view, it's the latest in a series of dazzling results that DeepMind has produced," the University of Oxford's Professor Michael Wooldridge told the BBC. "The general trajectory in DeepMind seems to be to solve a problem and then demonstrate it can really ramp up performance, and that's very impressive."

According to a paper published by the researchers that has yet to be peer reviewed, artificial intelligence took a leap in 1997, when the program Deep Blue defeated the human world champion.

Since then chess programs have been progressing beyond human level and AlphaZero now takes it a step further.

Amid all the hype, BBC noted that Stockfish 8 had already been defeated in chess by another program, Komodo, in two major challenges this year.

However, it is AlphaZero's machine learning ability that has gained the world's attention.

"The games AlphaZero played show it can calculate some incredibly creative positional bombs, the depth of which are far beyond anything humans or chess computers have come up with," said David Kramaley, who runs chess education site Chessable, according to The Telegraph. "It will no doubt revolutionize the game, but think about how this could be applied outside chess. This algorithm could run cities, continents, universes."

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