[Computer-go] Deep Blue the end, AlphaGo the beginning?

Gian-Carlo Pascutto gcp at sjeng.org
Fri Aug 18 00:06:41 PDT 2017

On 17-08-17 21:35, Darren Cook wrote:
> "I'm sure some things were learned about parallel processing... but the
> real science was known by the 1997 rematch... but AlphaGo is an entirely
> different thing. Deep Blue's chess algorithms were good for playing
> chess very well. The machine-learning methods AlphaGo uses are
> applicable to practically anything."
> Agree or disagree?

Deep Thought (the predecessor of Deep Blue) used a Supervised Learning
approach to set the initial evaluation weights. The details might be
lost in time but it's reasonable to assume some were carried over to
Deep Blue. Deep Blue itself used hill-climbing to find evaluation
features that did not seem to correlate with strength much, and improve

A lot of the strength of AlphaGo comes from a fast, parallelized tree

Uh, what was the argument again?

Maybe we should stop inventing artificial differences and appreciate
that the tools in our toolbox have become much sharper over the years.


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