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What AlphaGo Can Teach Us About How People Learn

David Silver of DeepMind, who helped create the program that defeated a Go champion, thinks rewards are central to how machines—and humans—acquire knowledge.

AI Ruined Chess. Now, It’s Making the Game Beautiful Again

A former world champion teams up with the makers of AlphaZero to test variants on the age-old game that can jolt players into creative patterns.

The Perils and Promise of Artificial Conscientiousness

AI doesn't know when it creates unintended consequences. As builders try to fix this, they may actually contribute to the problem.

DeepMind's Losses and the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Alphabet’s DeepMind unit, conqueror of Go and other games, is losing lots of money. Continued deficits could imperil investments in AI.

DeepMind Beats Pros at StarCraft in Another Triumph for Bots

The group behind the software program that conquered the board game Go beat a world champion at real-time-strategy videogame StarCraft II.

The VA Wants to Use DeepMind's AI to Prevent Kidney Disease

Alphabet's DeepMind artificial intelligence unit is mining data from Veterans Affairs patient records, looking for clues to acute kidney injury.

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Health Care Push

Privacy researchers raise concerns about the planned transfer of a DeepMind project in the UK to corporate sister Google.

Latest Go Victory Underscores China’s Gains in AI

China is making a national push in artificial intelligence. A program from one of its biggest internet companies, Tencent, just beat a world champion at Go.

Alphabet's Latest AI Show Pony Has More Than One Trick

AlphaZero can teach itself to be the world's best at chess, Go, or Shogi in eight hours or less.

This More Powerful Version of AlphaGo Learns On Its Own

DeepMind unveils a new, more powerful version of AlphaGo that learns without studying human play.

Google's Learning Software Learns to Write Learning Software

Google’s researchers have taught machine-learning software to build machine-learning software, in a project dubbed AutoML.

Google DeepMind Declares Galactic War on StarCraft

A bot that beat StarCraft would be much more impressive than mastering the board game Go.

Two Giants of AI Team Up to Head Off the Robot Apocalypse

The brains behind Google's DeepMind and Elon Musk's OpenAI are studying the ways AIs learn. The goal: to keep machines from going rogue.

This New Atari-Playing AI Wants to Dethrone DeepMind

Schema Networks' creators say it wins because it can think about the past, and plan for the future.

AlphaGo's Designers Explore New AI After Winning Big in China

Google's DeepMind lab is retiring its Go-playing machine as researchers eye a much bigger future.

Google's AlphaGo Continues Dominance With Second Win in China

Winning the first two games in its best-of-three match against Chinese Go grandmaster Ke Jie, AlphaGo reaffirms the rise of artificial intelligence.

Google's AlphaGo Levels Up From Board Games to Power Grids

By redesigning how its AlphaGo AI learns, Google has made a system that can tackle much more than just boardgames.

An Improved AlphaGo Wins Its First Game Against the World's Top Go Player

Nineteen-year-old grandmaster Ke Jie hoped to beat the Google AI as its own game. But the AI is better than ever.

Google DeepMind's Untrendy Play to Make the Blockchain Actually Useful

The latest project from Google's AI lab depends less on trendy ideas than an apparent desire to solve a real problem in the real world.

Making AI Play Lots of Videogames Could Be Huge (No, Seriously)

For certain AI projects, videogames are emerging as a missing link in AI development to help transition AI learning from digital spaces to the real world.

One Genius' Lonely Crusade to Teach a Computer Common Sense

For decades, as the tech world passed him by, Doug Lenat has fed computers millions of rules for daily life. Is this the way to artificial common sense?

In Two Moves, AlphaGo and Lee Sedol Redefined the Future

Although machines are now capable of moments of genius, humans have hardly lost the ability to generate their own.

Google's AI Wins Fifth And Final Game Against Go Genius Lee Sedol

Game Five grew into the most exciting of the series, a game balanced on a knife edge. The win puts an exclamation point on a significant moment for AI.

Why the Final Game Between AlphaGo and Lee Sedol Is Such a Big Deal for Humanity

Go grandmaster Lee Sedol regained a sizeable slice of human pride when he finally beat Google's AI. Today, in the final game, he hopes to regain far more.