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One down, two to go: Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo wins the first game of Go against Chinese grandmaster player Ke Jie, in May 2017. EPA/Wu Hong

No more playing games: AlphaGo AI to tackle some real world challenges

The artificial intelligence that beat a world master at the game of Go is now to be directed at more complex global problems. So what can we expect?
Artificial intelligence can bring many benefits to human gamers. Sam Jordan Belanger

Computers to humans: Shall we play a game?

Twenty years after Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov at chess, artificial intelligence can make games more fun, and perhaps even endlessly enjoyable, if it learns to adapt.
Go is a beautiful and complex game that’s endured for thousands of years. Alexandre Keledjian

Explainer: Go and the ‘conversation of hands’

An artificial intelligence has defeated a world champion of Go, the ancient Chinese strategy game. But what is Go, and why is it worth teaching to a computer?
Spectators in South Korea look on as AlphaGo takes on Go champion Lee Se-dol. EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

AI has beaten us at Go. So what next for humanity?

A machine has bested us at yet another intellectually challenging game. It shows artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly, but it doesn't mean humans are redundant quite yet.
Just Go for it: programming a computer to play an ancient game. Donar Reiskoffer/Wikimedia Commons

Evolving our way to artificial intelligence

While it's impressive, developing a computer to win at Go is not a big step toward the type of artificial intelligence used by the thinking machines we see in the movies.

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