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AlphaZero AI beats champion chess program after teaching itself in four hours

Google’s artificial intelligence sibling DeepMind repurposes Go-playing AI to conquer chess and shogi without aid of human knowledge.

AlphaZero, the game-playing AI created by Google sibling DeepMind, has beaten the world’s best chess-playing computer program, having taught itself how to play in under four hours.

The repurposed AI, which has repeatedly beaten the world’s best Go players as AlphaGo, has been generalised so that it can now learn other games. It took just four hours to learn the rules to chess before beating the world champion chess program, Stockfish 8, in a 100-game match up.

AlphaZero won or drew all 100 games, according to a non-peer-reviewed research paper published with Cornell University Library’s arXiv.

“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.… Read More

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DECEMBER 08, 2017 02:00 AM

Avast’s Security Ambassador, Garry Kasparov, will be speaking at DEF CON 25 in Las Vegas on July 28th, 2017.

Garry Kasparov, Avast security ambassador, and former world chess champion is set to discuss why humanity shouldn’t fear the rise of intelligent machines but should embrace it at DEF CON in Las Vegas on July 28th, 2017 from 10:00 – 10:35. After his keynote, Garry will host a book signing session in the vendor area at DEF CON at 11:30.

In his talk, Garry will highlight how increasingly intelligent machines can complement and change how we act and think, as well as the unchanging need for human ingenuity in fields like digital security. Instead of cutting humans out of the picture, Garry thinks humans and machines will get the best from each other through better interfaces and processes.

Garry has been fascinated with interactions between humans and machines ever since his historic chess matches against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in 1996 and 1997. He sees the collaboration between humans and intelligent machines at work in Avast’s powerful threat detection network, and security as an increasingly critical intersection of human rights and technology.

10:00 – 10:45

Keynote: The Brain’s last Stand

Location: Track 3 at DEF CON 2017, Caesars Palace

11:30 – 12:30

Bookl signing session

Location: Vendor area at DEF CON 2017, Caesars Palace

DEF CON 25 is taking place from July 27 – July 30, 2017 at Caesers Palace in Las Vegas. Garry’s latest book is Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins. It recounts Kasparov’s famous matches against Deep Blue and presents his optimistic analysis of human-machine collaboration. In prominent reviews, Deep Thinking has been praised by DeepMind guru Demis Hassabis as well as by tech critic Nicholas Carr.

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