As artificial intelligence continues to both dominate the news and stimulate our imagination, many questions remain. One such question was explored in a recent Article. As the authors describe, artificial intelligence still needs to bridge the gap between mastering cerebral games like chess and Go and translating that impact to the physical world. The latter remains a bigger challenge.
However, if you blink these days, you might miss a major advancement. In this case, the advancements begin to address these bigger challenges. The article above describes a robot named Curly that uses deep reinforcement learning to compete with world-class curling champions. We can see through this example the bridging of the gap between the cerebral and the physical. Curly can make improvements as it corrects its own errors, and that ability allowed the AI-enabled robot to beat top-ranked human opponents from South Korean teams three out of four games. The video below captures the competition.