Google’s AlphaGo Zero AI is like an “alien civilization inventing its own mathematics”

Google’s Latest Self-Learning AI Is Like an “Alien Civilisation Inventing Its Own Mathematics”

The AI that vanquished humanity at perhaps the most complex traditional game on Earth was inconceivably smart. But not smart enough to survive its own replacement by an even more awesome, alien intelligence.

Google’s DeepMind researchers have just announced the next evolution of their seemingly indomitable artificial intelligence – AlphaGo Zero.

AlphaGo Zero is entirely self-taught, learning by 100 percent independent experimentation.

In 100 games against Zero, a previous AlphaGo incarnation – which cleaned the floor with us in 2016 – didn’t pick up a single win. Not one.

Even more amazingly, that trumping came after just three days of self-play training by AlphaGo Zero, in which it distilled the equivalent of thousands of years of human knowledge of the game.

“It’s like an alien civilisation inventing its own mathematics,” computer scientist Nick Hynes MIT told Gizmodo.”What we’re seeing here is a model free from human bias and presuppositions. It can learn whatever it determines is optimal, which may indeed be more nuanced that our own conceptions of the same.”

Allow us our moment of silenced awe as we witness the birth of this astonishingly powerful synthetic way of thinking. It might not do what humans can do, but it can do so many things we can’t, too.

According to DeepMind, those capabilities will one day soon help Zero – or its inevitable, evolving heirs – figure out things like how biological mechanisms operate, how energy consumption can be reduced, or how new kinds of materials fit together.

Source: Google’s latest self-learning AI is like an “alien civilization inventing its own mathematics” – ScienceAlert