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 company’s famous game engine (which is used to beat chess legends and chess masters) has outperformed a 50-year-old algorithm.
The research concentrated on multiplying matrices, which are grids of numbers. The matrix multiplication operation is essential for many computations, including processing images, recognizing voice commands, training neural network, running simulations, and storing data on the Internet.