Business First AlphaGo; Now AlphaZero: What DeepMind’s New Game-Playing A.I. Is Capable Of Published 5 days ago on December 7, 2018 By Frank Couper Share Tweet By playing against itself, DeepMind’s latest game-playing artificial intelligence (A.I.), AlphaZero, has mastered not one but three games: chess, shogi, and Go. In an earlier iteration of the software, called AlphaGo, DeepMind researchers combined human guidance and machine learning to defeat the world’s best Go players. Now the software has proved itself able to master more than one game: a first according to DeepMind. In a paper in Science Thursday, DeepMind researchers report that AlphaZero beat the best-known chess and shogi software programs, called Stockfish and Fritz. In AlphaGo, programmers coded the rules of the game and some initial strategies known to humans. The game-playing algorithm then searched through possible future moves and their consequences using something called a Monte Carlo tree search (MCTS). The program stored what it learned from its searches and from playing test games in what’s called a neural network, named that way because it replicates some features of how human neurons store learned information in layers. Together with its massive processing power, the software began defeating the best human Go players in 2016. Now the researchers have generalized the approach to two other important games, chess, and shogi, a Japanese variant of chess. While computers have been beating humans at chess since IBM’s Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in 1997, they have done it using a combination of stored memories of known chess strategies and brute processing power. The DeepMind approach instead requires that the software play a huge number of games against itself — more than humans have played in history — and storing what it learns to guide future gameplay. In other words, it is given the rules of the game, then creates its own strategies, unhinged from human biases and reinforced only by victory or defeat. “Explainability is still an issue — it’s not going to put chess coaches out of business just yet,” writes Kasparov. That’s a common issue across self-learning artificial intelligence systems. Still, computer scientists and their software brains may soon grow bored with chess, shogi, and Go, writes IBM Research computer scientist Murray Campbell in Science: “AI researchers need to look to a new generation of games to provide the next set of challenges.” That’s something Theodore from the film Her might be able to understand. This story was originally published by Fortune Share this:Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window) Related Related Topics:AlphaGoDeepMindTech Up Next The 10 Mac games you need to play from October and November 2018 Don't Miss The Game Awards 2018: God of War and Red Dead Redemption win big Continue Reading You may like Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Granted Bail in Canada in Extradition Case That Has Roiled U.S.-China Relations Lawmakers Grill Google CEO Sundar Pichai. But He Emerges Merely Singed Fatal Uber Self-Driving Car Accident Could Have Been Prevented, Says Former Manager Follow Us On Flipboard Magazine. Latest U.S. Politics18 mins ago Celebs hawking Cîroc vodka didn’t mention paid ad deal: FTC Sean “Diddy” Combs helped to make Cîroc a best-selling vodka — but he and scores of other celebs never said... Business1 hour ago How Eddie Redmayne Inspired Glossier’s Best-Selling Cleanser Glossier, the hit e-commerce beauty brand that recently opened a flagship store in New York, announced Tuesday that it will... Local2 hours ago Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou has said she will contest allegations of fraud Donald Trump says he could... Local3 hours ago ‘If you Google the word idiot, a picture of Donald Trump comes up?’ Google’s Chief executive Sundar Pichai went in front of US Congress to defend his company to lawmakers. He faced questions... Entertainment3 hours ago Duchess Meghan Gives a Sweet Nod to Father-in-Law Prince Charles Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images A sweet statement! Duchess Meghan gave a... Most Read Local1 week ago Wilder v Fury: Stunning draw in the WBC world heavyweight title fight Sports5 days ago Maurizio Sarri is steering Chelsea away from top four for second year running unless these changes are made, says Adrian Durham Sports5 days ago Who are the two best central defenders in the world?