Deepmind and the Alpha Family
To get into the Artificial Intelligence(AI) race, Google acquired the London based company DeepMind to solve the puzzle of intelligence and to make the world better. DeepMind is now a division of Google and their mission is to create machines capable of learning things on their own.
DeepMind seekers of improvement
To solve intelligence, DeepMind has developed new ways to organize complex research. The DeepMind method focuses on developing and testing. The best-known tests from DeepMind are:
AlphaGo: The first computer program to ever beat a professional player at the game of Go.
AlphaZero: The upgraded version of AlphaGo, capable of playing Shogi, Chess, and Go. It’s a fearsome software that has won against some of the best players in the world.
After conquering two of the oldest and most complicated board games known to man ( Chess and Go), DeepMind developed a partnership with Blizzard Entertainment. In a joint effort to tackle DeepMind’s new frontier, video games, DeepMind and Blizzard created a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) playground for DeepMind new software called AlphaStar.
AlphaStar was created to be tested against one of Blizzard Entertainment’s flagship online game, Starcraft 2. Starcraft 2 is a real-time strategy game in which players pick one of three different races and face each other to acquire victory.
On January 2019, DeepMind took on two of the best Starcraft 2 players in the world.
MaNa and TLO faced Alphastar and DeepMind developers waited for the results of their newly conceived Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Alphastar won against the two players 12-1 in two different matches.
This test was considered by many as a grand challenge for AI research because of the strategic nature and interactions that Starcraft has between players and game mechanics. For the time being, this test was a very important step towards making AI resemble human interaction and decision making. To many, this test was the first step towards DeepMind creation of a Skynet-like (evil AI from Terminator), super intelligent AI. o others, it was a step towards creating a comprehensive and supporting companion for humanity.