Building an AI that Can Beat You at Your Own Game – Towards Data Science


The full instructions are here, and a sample game is here. AIs are now better than humans at Backgammon, Checkers, Chess, Othello, and Go. See Audrey Keurenkov's A'Brief' History of Game AI Up to AlphaGo for a more in-depth timeline. In 2017, Michael Tucker, Nikhil Prabala, and I set out to create PAI, the world's first AI for Pathwayz. The AIs for Othello and Backgammon were especially relevant to our development of PAI. Othello, like Pathwayz, is a relatively young game -- at least compared to the ancient Backgammon, Checkers, Chess, and Go.

The latest AI can work things out without being taught - Robot Watch


IN 2016 Lee Sedol, one of the world's best players of Go, lost a match in Seoul to a computer program called AlphaGo by four games to one. It was a big event, both in the history of Go and in the history of artificial intelligence (AI). Go occupies roughly the same place in the culture of China, Korea and Japan as chess does in the West. After its victory over Mr Lee, AlphaGo beat dozens of renowned human players in a series of anonymous games played online, before re-emerging in May to face Ke Jie, the game's best player, in Wuzhen, China. Mr Ke fared no better than Mr Lee, losing to the computer 3-0.

Artificial intelligence has a mind of its own, yet humans steer it


It's been a little more than 20 years since IBM's Deep Blue computer beat chess champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game match. Since that time, artificial intelligence -- also known as machine intelligence -- has achieved an unimaginable level of breadth, depth and speed. To say it is revolutionizing our daily lives is an understatement. Alexa, Siri, AlphaGo; Amazon's suggestions of books of the same genre based on algorithms of previous reading preferences; the detection of malware; machines that signal to a central data bank when materials fatigue puts an engine at risk -- these are just some of the breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. While artificial intelligence is getting better -- smarter at increasingly complex and cognitively demanding tasks -- there are still many areas where humans excel and that includes creative tasks or those that require physical dexterity, but these are rapidly shrinking, given the comparative advantages of AI over the human mind.

AlphaGo Zero: The Most Significant Research Advance in AI


Recently Google DeepMind program AlphaGo Zero achieved superhuman level without any help - entirely by self-play! Here is the Nature paper explaining technical details (also PDF version: Mastering the Game of Go without Human Knowledge) One of the main reasons for success was the use of a novel form of Reinforcement learning in which AlphaGo learned by playing itself. The system starts with a neural net that does not know anything about Go. It plays millions of games against itself and tuned the neural network to predict next move and the eventual winner of the games. The updated neural network was merged with the Monte Carlo Tree Search algorithm to create a new and stronger version of AlphaGo Zero, and the process resumed.

AlphaGo, Reinforcement Learning, and the Future of Artificial Intelligence


Last year, Google Deepmind took a giant step forward in proving the value of deep learning when the latest version of their Go-playing computer program, AlphaGo Zero, beat the previous model after only three days of self-training.

Poker AI Revolution [Infographic] Techno FAQ


AI has a long history of defeating human players in games. IBM's "Deep Blue" developed by Carnegie Mellon University beat chess world champion Garry Kasparov in their re-match in 1997. Google AlphaGo AI won the game "Go" by defeating leading Go player Lee Sedol. IBM supercomputer Watson beat two "Jeopardy" champions at their own game in 2011. But, did you know that AI recently conquered the very human game of Poker?

Brexit risk to talent driven AI industry


Animation on your phone on the fly, or getting Alexa to play a musical compilation – those are just two examples of how we use artificial intelligence (AI) in our day-to-day lives, whether we know it or not. But AI is much more than that. AI is all about training computers by example, rather than programming. UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, speaking at Davos last month, said the UK could be a world leader in AI.

The Brute Force Of IBM Deep Blue And Google DeepMind


There are interesting parallels between one of this week's milestones in the history of technology and the current excitement and anxiety about artificial intelligence (AI). Bottom line: Beware of fake AI news and be less afraid.

Google AI Achieves "Alien" Superhuman Mastery of Chess and Go in Mere Hours - The New Stack


News of a specialized computer program beating human champions at games like chess and Go might not surprise people as much as it might have before, as it did when Deep Blue beat world chess champ Garry Kasparov back in 1997, or even more recently when Google DeepMind's AI AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol in a stunning upset back in 2016.