Deep Mind has just announced AlphaGo Zero , an evolution of AlphaGo , the first computer program to defeat a world champion at the ancient Chinese game of Go. Zero is even more powerful and is now arguably the strongest Go player in history, according to the company.
While previous versions of AlphaGo initially trained on thousands of human amateur and professional games to learn how to play Go, AlphaGo Zero skips this step. It learns to play from scratch, simply by playing games against itself, starting from completely random play.
It surpassed Alpha Lee in 3 days, then surpassed human level of play, defeating the previously published champion-defeating version of AlphaGo by 100 games to 0 in just 40 days.DeepMind | AlphaGo Zero: Starting from scratch