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Learning to play Go from scratch

An artificial-intelligence program called AlphaGo Zero has mastered the game of Go without any human data or guidance. A computer scientist and two members of the American Go Association discuss the implications. See Article p.354

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Correspondence to Satinder Singh, Andy Okun or Andrew Jackson.

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In addition to A.J.’s responsibilities as a Director of the American Go Association, he is employed as a software engineer by Google, a company related to DeepMind through the shared parent holding company, Alphabet.

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Singh, S., Okun, A. & Jackson, A. Learning to play Go from scratch. Nature 550, 336–337 (2017).

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