Alpha Zero’s “Alien” Chess Shows the Power, and the Peculiarity, of AI

“It plays in a third, almost alien, way. ...artificial intelligence can be quite different from the humankind. As AI becomes more commonplace, we might need to be conscious of such “alien” sometimes makes seemingly crazy sacrifices, like offering up a bishop and queen to exploit a positional advantage that led to victory. In another case, the program moved its queen to the corner of the board, a very bizarre trick with a surprising positional value. “It’s like chess from another dimension,” Hassabis said.


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