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Google Computers Defeat Human Players at 2,500-Year-Old Board Game

The seemingly uncrackable Chinese game Go has finally met its match: a machine.

Computers have learned to master backgammon, chess, and Atari's Breakout, but one game has always eluded them. It's a Chinese board game called Go invented more than 2,500 years ago. The artificial-intelligence challenge has piqued the interest of researchers at Google and Facebook, and the search giant has recently made a breakthrough.

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