We are using learning now and not just simplistic search
Alphago is not just one system
- Deep Learning neural networks
- Monte Carlo Sampling
- Game tree search
Goertzel at Hanson Robotics is using hybrid architecture as well
Machine Translation- Google is using pure statistical methods but in the literature there is hybridization
AlphaGo is a narrow AI achievement. But it is a manifestation of broader trends which will bring us Artificial General Intelligence.
You can simulate millions of games a day at high speed but we cannot simulate the world at high speed.
Monte Carlo sampling only works with things that are game like and more contained.
However, you could simulate imprecisely or approximately.
With more sensing (widespread imaging) and trillions of sensors that could help get us closer to having information for simulations but that would be far beyond the 19 X 19 Go board.
Differences over old neural networks.
Layers of specialization. simple to complex.