Self-Teaching Chess Algorithms – LewRockwell

This was posted yesterday.

From KurzweilAI:

Demis Hassabis, the founder and CEO of DeepMind, announced at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NIPS 2017) last week that DeepMind’s new AlphaZero program achieved a superhuman level of play in chess within 24 hours.The program started from random play, given no domain knowledge except the game rules, according to an arXiv paper by DeepMind researchers published Dec. 5.

“It doesn’t play like a human, and it doesn’t play like a program,” said Hassabis, an expert chess player himself. “It plays in a third, almost alien, way. It’s like chess from another dimension.”

AlphaZero’s ‘alien’ superhuman-level program masters chess in 24 hours with no domain knowledge —

I started programming IBM machines in the late 60s, and at the time there was talk about the possibility of a computer someday beating a human at chess. Almost no one was talking seriously about a computer learning chess on its own, and not merely learning it but mastering it. And mastering it in 24 hours. AlphaZero is mind boggling.

Time to buy old US gold coins

What will AlphaZero be doing in three years? Five? Will we be carrying AlphaZero around in our pockets? Our brains? Will some other AI be the new king of the hill? Will AlphaZero be regarded as quaintly primitive by then? Will Kurzweil’s 2029 prediction of a computer passing as human in a Turing test arrive earlier than expected?

And what will humans be like in 2029? Here’s a guy working from the other end:

Humans 2.0: meet the entrepreneur who wants to put a chip in your brain —

The article he cites begins with this:

Bryan Johnson isn’t short of ambition. The founder and…

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