Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Thursday December 07, 2017

AlphaZero AI Beats Champion Chess Program after Teaching Itself in Four Hours

Google's latest artificial intelligence, AlphaZero, has defeated one of the best chess programs in the world after learning the game from scratch in just four hours. The "superhuman" AlphaZero AI played 100 games against rival computer program Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them.

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"Starting from random play, and given no domain knowledge except the game rules, AlphaZero achieved within 24 hours a superhuman level of play in the games of chess and shogi [a similar Japanese board game] as well as Go, and convincingly defeated a world-champion program in each case," said the paper’s authors that include DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis, who was a child chess prodigy reaching master standard at the age of 13.