Google DeepMind won the Innovation Lions Grand Prix for AlphaGo, a computing system that for the first time beat the best human player at Go, an ancient game that is much more complex than chess. The Artificial Intelligence system was developed in the U.K. by DeepMind, a company acquired by Google in 2014.
The game of Go is the ultimate challenge, with more than 200 possible moves for every turn, making it impossible for a machine to calculate all options within a reasonable period of time. AlphaGo narrows the choices without having to consider every option, said jury president Emad Tahtouh, director, applied technology, at Finch in Australia. Google described it as "more akin to intuition," he said.
"AlphaGo by any measure -- complexity, simplicity, potential use, success -- is incredible," he said. "I'm sure we'll see more machine-learning projects over the next few years."
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