Dec 4, 2022

DeepMind’s new AI app plays Stratego at expert level

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A team of researchers at DeepMind Technologies Ltd., has created an AI application called “DeepNash” that is able to play the game Stratego at an expert level. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes the unique approach they took to improve the app’s level of play.

Stratego is a two-player board game and is considered to be difficult to master. The goal for each player is to capture their opponent’s flag, which is hidden among their initial 40 game pieces. Each of the game pieces is marked with a power ranking—higher-ranked players defeat lower-ranked players in face-offs. Making the game more difficult is that neither player can see the markings on the opponent’s game pieces until they meet face-to-face.

Prior research has shown that the complexity of the game is higher than that of chess or go, with 10535 possible scenarios. This level of complexity makes it extremely challenging for computer experts attempting to create Stratego-playing AI systems. In this new effort, the researchers took a different approach, creating an app capable of beating most human and other AI systems.

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