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stanky leg -
IBM Watson would wipe the floor with them.
And AlphaZero would eat IBM Watson alive.
Here's the story on this AI - the focus of which was on creating an improved learning algorithm.
After being given the rules of chess it taught itself to be good enough to be better than the currently world champion computer program in *4 hours*:
Later on it had a more thorough match against Stockfish beating it in a 1000 game match.
155 victories for Alphazero, 6 for Stockfish.
Have you seen the alphago documentary? Used to be on Netflix. Awesome
I have indeed. Brilliant documentary and an interesting turn of events in the world of AI.
It's easy to overstate what this means with respect to *general* AI (where a machine has something that could be called a consciousness or a will of its own) - it's applications are still incredibly narrow.
BUT it definitely is a major advance for those applications, and to be able to tackle incredibly difficult and complex problems it's amazing.
A lot of people don't realize that Go was out of reach for programmers for so long because it's orders of magnitude more complex than chess (so intuition and fuzzier general long term strategies played a bigger role than brute force calculation, which was able to eventually chip away at the world's strongest players).
For the longest time the best they could muster was a program that would play at average club level.
With Alpha Go (and the even stronger Alpha Zero) the program absolutely crushed all human competition.