As you may have heard, a computer beat a world-class human player in Go last week. As recently as a year ago the prediction was that it would take a decade to get to this point, yet here we are, in 2016. We'll talk about the history and strategy of game-playing computer programs, and what makes Google's AlphaGo so special. Relevant link: http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2016/01/alphago-mastering-ancient-game-of-go.html

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