“It’s like an alien civilization inventing its own mathematics which allows it to do things like time travel”

Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity—George Dvorsky, Gizmodo

In a tournament that pitted AI against AI, this juiced-up version, called AlphaGo Zero, defeated the regular AlphaGo by a whopping 100 games to 0, signifying a major advance in the field.

Now, every once in a while the field of AI experiences a “holy shit” moment, and this would appear to be one of those moments.

“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. It’s like an alien civilization inventing its own mathematics which allows it to do things like time travel,” to which he added: “Although we’re still far from ‘The Singularity,’ we’re definitely heading in that direction.”

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