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AlphaGo has retired

After defeating the top human players at Go – the most difficult and challenging of human games – the whiz-bang AI bot called AlphaGo has retired from competitive play.

From the Tech Crunch article:

This week’s series of thrilling games with the world’s best players, in the country where Go originated, 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.

The research team behind AlphaGo will now throw their energy into the next set of grand challenges, developing advanced general algorithms that could one day help scientists as they tackle some of our most complex problems, such as finding new cures for diseases, dramatically reducing energy consumption, or inventing revolutionary new materials.

Deep Mind is also developing a Go teaching tool. After having lost several games last time I played my regular Go partner, I can use all the help I can get.

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