The Go-playing program captures elements of human intuition, an advance that promises far-reaching consequences.

Is AlphaGo Really Such a Big Deal?

“This ability to replicate intuitive pattern recognition is a big deal. It’s also part of a broader trend. In an earlier paper, the same organization that built AlphaGo — Google DeepMind — built a neural network that learned to play 49 classic Atari 2600 video games, in many cases reaching a level that human experts couldn’t match. The conservative approach to solving this problem with a computer would be in the style of Deep Blue: A human programmer would analyze each game and figure out detailed control strategies for playing it.”

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160329-why-alphago-is-really-such-a-big-deal/

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