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A human player has scored a comprehensive victory over the top-ranked AI system at the ancient board game Go, striking a blow against a machine previously believed to be almost unbeatable.

Kellin Pelrine, an American player, exploited a weakness in the AI system that had been discovered by a computer program that used unexpected moves to probe for flaws.

Pelrine used the resulting plan to secure victory in 14 of the 15 games against the AI, according to the Financial Times.

“It was surprisingly easy for us to exploit this system,” Adam Gleave, chief executive of FAR AI, the California-based research firm that designed the programme, told the newspaper.

The computer played more than a million games of Go against KataGo, a leading AI system,


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