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Google Go-Playing A.I. Retires To Focus On Energy Conservation And Medicine (engadget.com) 127

After "narrowly" beating the world's top Go player, what's left for Google's AlphaGo AI? Engadget reports: Now that it has nothing left to prove, the AI is hanging up its boots and leaving the world of competitive Go behind. AlphaGo's developers from Google-owned DeepMind will now focus on creating advanced general algorithms to help scientists find elusive cures for diseases, conjure up a way to dramatically reduce energy consumption and invent new revolutionary materials. Before they leave Go behind completely, though, they plan to publish one more paper later this year to reveal how they tweaked the AI to prepare it for the matches against Ke Jie. They're also developing a tool that would show how AlphaGo would respond to a particular situation on the Go board with help from the world's number one player. While you'll have to wait a while for those two, you'll soon be able to watch 50 games AlphaGo played against itself when it was training
The first ten games that AlphaGo played against itself are already online. Shi Yue, 9 Dan Professional and World Champion, described them as "Like nothing I've ever seen before -- they're how I imagine games from far in the future." Google announced that this week's competition "has been the highest possible pinnacle for AlphaGo as a competitive program. For that reason, the Future of Go Summit is our final match event with AlphaGo... We hope that the story of AlphaGo is just the beginning."
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Google Go-Playing A.I. Retires To Focus On Energy Conservation And Medicine

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  • You think it's called AlphaGo because it plays Go?

    Alphabet + Google = AlphaGo

  • He's going to stream League of Legends in the future.
  • by religionofpeas ( 4511805 ) on Sunday May 28, 2017 @09:23AM (#54501155)

    https://twitter.com/DeepMindAI... [twitter.com]

    We decided to publish the remaining #AlphaGo self-play games in one go. We hope players around the world enjoy them!

    https://deepmind.com/research/... [deepmind.com]

  • How about donating the current snapshot to a computer museum or a go association? If the hardware costs too much, perhaps do a crowdfunding campaign.

    I'd say "the A.I. that beat the best human player" has some cultural value. Granted, the possibility of Google going under any time soon is very low, but this piece of great engineering achievement deserves a backup place of safekeeping to ensure it is not lost to the times.

    • How about donating the current snapshot to a computer museum or a go association? If the hardware costs too much, perhaps do a crowdfunding campaign.

      I'd say "the A.I. that beat the best human player" has some cultural value. Granted, the possibility of Google going under any time soon is very low, but this piece of great engineering achievement deserves a backup place of safekeeping to ensure it is not lost to the times.

      The cost of the hardware is likely trivial. The problem is likely that alphago is not really a simple program you can install and run. It is a huge dynamic neural net being fed data from multiple humans. It's not as simple as "computer program beats human" but more like "computer program beats human with the help of other humans". It's a parlor trick. Even if the other humans aren't Go masters they are still indirectly giving some of their intelligence to the machine. A truly functional go playing pro

      • It is a huge dynamic neural net being fed data from multiple humans.

        No, this new 'Master' version of AlphaGo was initially trained with the self-play data from the previous version, and then enhanced by further play against itself. There was very little human input.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Why would anyone ever read the comments here? It's the same guys posting their knee-jerk reactiona to every story. They don't red or think things through. If a headline makes something seem bad, they're outraged. Whenever a new technology is proposed they're pessimistic.

  • Instead of such frivolous things like "science" it should be handling real problems like spanking people in games of Candyland, The Game of Life and maybe even Monopoly! ;)

  • "Google Go-Playing A.I. Retires To Focus On Energy Conservation And Medicine "

    Non-artificial intelligences usually do it the other way 'round.

  • A game is literally just a set of rules. My only surprise is that it took computers so long to get good at them.

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