AlphaGo Zero Shows Machines Can Become Superhuman Without Any Help
MIT Technology Review

I have a question: The AI played millions of games against itself, and the article compares that to the relatively few games a human plays to gain mastery. Is that a fair comparison? The human has a teacher who is already a master. Should we instead be comparing against the total number of games played by human beings as a species? After all, a master today could easily defeat a master from 100 years ago, just from the “known bad moves” list. Is it possible that the machine reflects our whole species and not an individual?

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