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Google DeepMind's AlphaGo Is Retiring After Beating the World's Best Human Players


Go champion Ke Jie considers his next move against AlphaGo.

Google DeepMind's artificial intelligence software AlphaGo is retiring from competitive matches after defeating 19-year-old Go champion Ke Jie.

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Google's DeepMind unit on Saturday announced the retirement of its AlphaGo software after it won a three-game match against Chinese Go champion Ke Jie at the Future of Go Summit.

With AlphaGo's competitive career concluded, DeepMind's researchers say they will now "throw their energy into the next set of grand challenges." Among the challenges is 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," according to the DeepMind team.

"If AI systems prove they are able to unearth significant new knowledge and strategies in these domains too, the breakthroughs could be truly remarkable."

The researchers also say they will publish one final research paper on AlphaGo and its generalization potential so it can be applied to other problems.

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