‘AlphaZero seemed to express insight. It played like no computer ever has, intuitively and beautifully, with a romantic, attacking style.’

In The New York Times, mathematician Steven Strogatz says the threshold crossed by the game-playing AI, AlphaZero, displayed ‘a breed of intellect humans have not seen before.’ AlphaZero is an AI system that beat the best players in the world, human or computer, at Go, chess, and a Japanese variant of chess called shogi.

Strogatz suggests it is time to think ahead about other AI systems showing insights.

Steven Strogatz is a professor of mathematics at Cornell University and author of the forthcoming ‘Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe’.


One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine
The New York Times | Dec 2018 | by Steven Strogatz