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Google stops selling the Nexus Player

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It's not surprising that Google would give its puck-shaped player the chop, though, and it's not just because the gadget is a year and a half old. Simply speaking, there isn't as much need for the Nexus Player to exist these days. There are many more Android TV and Google Cast devices hitting the market this year, and Chromecast has arguably done a better job of bringing Google's vision into the living room. We wouldn't rule out a sequel, but there isn't as much pressure to create one as there was a couple of years ago.


Google's AI becomes world's best chess player in just four hours

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An artificial intelligence program has become the world's best chess player in just a few hours - and it did it with almost no intervention from humans.


Inside the Poker AI That Out-Bluffed the Best Humans

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For almost three weeks, Dong Kim sat at a casino in Pittsburgh and played poker against a machine. Kim, 28, is among the best players in the world. The machine, built by two computer science researchers at Carnegie Mellon, is an artificially intelligent system that runs on a Pittsburgh supercomputer. And for twenty straight days, they played no-limit Texas Hold'Em, an especially complex form of poker in which betting strategies play out over dozens of hands. About halfway through the competition, which ended this week, Kim started to feel like Libratus could see his cards.


Inside Libratus, the Poker AI That Out-Bluffed the Best Humans

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For almost three weeks, Dong Kim sat at a casino in Pittsburgh and played poker against a machine. Kim, 28, is among the best players in the world. The machine, built by two computer science researchers at Carnegie Mellon, is an artificially intelligent system that runs on a Pittsburg supercomputer. And for twenty straight days, they played no-limit Texas Hold'Em, an especially complex form of poker in which betting strategies play out over dozens of hands. About halfway through the competition, which ended this week, Kim started to feel like Libratus could see his cards.


Google's AlphaGo AI to take on world's top Go player in May

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After Google-owned DeepMind's virtual Go champion AlphaGo took on and defeated one of the top-ranked human players in the world, it looks like Google wants to build some bridges, explore the AI-human interaction dynamic – and see if AlphaGo can take on the very best human Go player in the entire world. Google is partnering with the China Go Association and the Chinese Government to host some of China's top Go players and AI researchers from China and Google at a summit May 23-27 designed to test the upper limits of its AI, as well as give human players a chance to study the unusual strategies AlphaGo has put into play in the age-old game. The five day "Future of Go Summit" will include special match variants where professional Chinese Go players will face off against one another in partnership with an AlphaGo AI teammate, alternating moves between human and computer players. Another match will put a team of humans working in concert against AlphaGo, and finally, AlphaGo will take on Ke Jie, the top-ranked Go player in the world, in a traditional three-game match. Piggybacking on the Go festival is a forum hosting AI experts from across China, with discussions about AlphaGo's progress, its supporting technologies and its potential applications in helping solve real world problems.