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AlphaZero and the Curse of Human Knowledge

DeepMind has shown us that statistical learners are better suited to playing Chess and Go than humans In December 2017, Google DeepMind’s new chess engine, AlphaZero, soundly defeated Stockfish 8, one of the strongest computer chess engines in the world. Although AlphaZero wasn’t playing the strongest version of Stockfish and the […]

Is AlphaZero really a scientific breakthrough in AI?

As you may probably know, DeepMind has recently published a paper on AlphaZero [1], a system that learns by itself and is able to master games like chess or Shogi. Before getting into details, let me introduce myself. I am a researcher in the broad field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), specialized […]

AlphaZero: How Intuition Demolished Logic

Photo by Luiz Hanfilaque on Unsplash Modern civilization and the trappings of technology has lead to the decline of our own intuition. Many of us have become unaware of its value or even its very existence. Intuition as a basis of complex computation is easily dismissed an approach that is outside […]