DeepMind AI cracks internet chokepoint with math breakthrough

When AI \”played\” math, it cracked an Internet chokepoint

A new study reveals that an artificial intelligence system at Google’s sister company DeepMind found a way to solve the fundamental math problem at heart of modern computing. Researchers say that a modification of AlphaZero, the game engine used by Google to beat chess legends and chess masters in Go, outperformed a 50-year-old algorithm.

The research focused on multiplying matrices, which are grids of numbers. The matrix multiplication operation is essential for many computational tasks such as the processing of images, the recognition of speech commands, the training neural networks, the running simulations in order to predict the weather and the compression of data to be shared on the Internet.