Google’s AI could probably beat you at Atari

What’s significant in this story is not that a computer can perform tasks more efficiently than a human, but that the computer in question is not deploying a pre-programmed strategy; it is instead teaching itself how to win.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 4.40.52 PMWhen IBM’s Deep Blue computer defeated chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997, and the artificially intelligent Watson computer won the quiz show “Jeopardy!” in 2011, these were considered impressive technical feats, but they were mostly preprogrammed abilities, Hassabis said. In contrast, the new DeepMind AI is capable of learning on its own, using reinforcement. —CSMonitor