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

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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