January 28, 2016 | Sinead

Chess-playing computers have been around for years. I had one when I was a kid.

Chess is quite complex: it has about 9 million possible moves. But the game 'go' has more moves than there are atoms in the universe. So it's a huge development that a Google AI program has beaten a human champion. It got so good by observing and learning from millions of games.

Experts thought that this wouldn't happen for another ten years. It might seem like just a game, but it's a step towards artificial intelligence that can solve more complex real-world problems.

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Game of Go

Go is an ancient Chinese game where players capture areas of the board using black and white tiles.

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