Google’s DeepMind unveils self-teaching AI software, AlphaGo Zero
Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind has unveiled the latest version of its AlphaGo software, the program that was used to beat a number of Go gaming champions earlier in the year.
The new software named AlphaGo Zero was able to defeat the previous AlphaGo by 100 games to 0 after just three days of self-play training, later consistently outperforming the AlphaGo Master that had defeated the world’s best players after 40 days.
However, although the new AlphaGo Zero software outperforming its previous models showed progress, the key difference is that it did this entirely through reinforced learning, with it having had no prior knowledge about the game.
The system began as a neural network, then playing games against itself whilst combing the neural network with a powerful search algorithm, updating the network to predict moves and sequences.
The software is somewhat ground-breaking in the way of AI, as the technology is no longer constrained by human knowledge.
"By not using human data — by not using human expertise in any fashion — we've actually removed the constraints of human knowledge," said David Silver, AlphaGo Zero's lead programmer, at a press conference. "It's therefore able to create knowledge itself from first principles; from a blank slate. This enables it to be much more powerful than previous versions."
The result is that DeepMind is considerably closer to creating general purpose algorithms for AI, something that will allow machines to tackle some of the hardest problems in science, medicine and other.
With such evident progress, DeepMind is now lining up the technology for use in protein folding, the reduction of energy consumption and developing revolutionary materials.
Searching for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology
The search is on for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology 2021 – nominated by readers of Technology magazine and open to all.
The initiative has been launched and nominations are now open, with the final, prestigious Top 100 due to be announced during Technology and AI LIVE running 14-16 September, beamed from London to the world.
This latest, definitive list of the leading executives and influencers in the industry will be announced at the event and shared across social media channels, this website, and presented in a special supplement that honours all of those named in our annual list.
The Top 100 Leaders follows on from the well-received Top 100 Women in Technology that BizClik Media Group (BMG) – publishers of Technology magazine, AI magazine and a growing portfolio of industry-leading titles – produced in March this year to coincide with International Women’s Day.
“The Top 100 Women recognised the incredible and influential women driving our industry,” says Scott Birch, editorial director, BMG. “The success of that initiative encouraged us to recognise the Top 100 Leaders – individuals championing everything that we love about technology and embracing best practice that’s good for business.”
Nominations are already coming in, with some notable highlights including:
Rhonda Vetere - Herbalife
Bryan Smith - Expedient
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