Go -- the Asian board game once thought too complex for computers to master -- is finally succumbing to silicon power. Today at AAAS, a computer program bested an American professional.
The loser, James Kerwin, played with a sizeable handicap, but computer programs are getting better by the week, says Robert Hearn, a mathematician at Dartmouth University in Hanover, New Hampshire. Based on predictable advances in computing power, he rockons that a program will beat the best professional Go players within 28 years.
"A lot of people have thought of Go as the last bastion of human superiority over computers, at least as far as board games go," Hearn said. "Previous to this no one would have imagined that a computer would be able to beat a professional."