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‘It’s able to create knowledge itself’: Google unveils AI that learns on its own

In a major breakthrough for artificial intelligence, AlphaGo Zero took just three days to master the ancient Chinese board game of Go … with no human help Googles artificial intelligence group, DeepMind, has unveiled the latest incarnation of its Go-playing program, AlphaGo an AI so powerful that it derived thousands of years of human knowledge of the game before inventing better moves of its own, all in the space of three days. Named AlphaGo Zero, the AI program has been hailed as a major advance because it mastered the ancient…

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DeepMinds first international AI research office lands in Alberta

Alphabets DeepMind is expanding beyond its U.K. home, with a new international office based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The research-focused office is being set up in close partnership with the University of Alberta, and will be led by UAlberta academics Rich Sutton, Michael Bowling and Patrick Pilarski, in the latest example of Canadian AI-focused scholars getting the chance to contribute to private-sector endeavors while continuing to work on their academic research and teaching, too. Alongside Sutton, Bowling and Pilarski will be Adam White, returning to Alberta as an adjunct professor,…

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After beating the worlds elite Go players, Googles AlphaGo AI is retiring

Googles AlphaGo the AI developed to tackle the worlds most demanding strategy game is stepping downfrom competitive matches after defeating the worlds best talent. The latest to succumb isGostop-ranked player,Ke Jie, who lost 3-0 in acquired by Google for around $500 million in 2014,it beatformer Go world champion Lee Sedol, and theChina event took things to the next level with matches against19-year-old Jie, and DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis explained. This weeks series of thrilling games with the worlds best players, in the country where Go originated, has been the highest…

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