Chris Frederick

Is Moore's Law Finally Catching up to the Game of Go?

August 10, 2008

Apparently, a computer program has finally beaten a professional player with a nine-stone handicap. Although this is still nowhere near an even game, it is a remarkable achievement given the fact that the ancient game of Go has been the last bastion of clear human superiority in board games (contrast this with chess, where computers are arguably as formidable players as their human counterparts). The question now is: will Moore’s law apply to the game of Go, as well? That is to say, will a computer’s mastery over the game continue to double every year?