While some may be quite basic, others are more specific. For example, the knight in chess has a very specific move which is quite different from that of the king. Identifying malware has stringent requirements to prevent causing a false positive alert. While the AlphaZero needed only 24 hours of learning time for its exceptional performance in these three demanding games, it still started with the given set of rules.
Even the best AI cannot do what philosophers have termed creatio ex nihilo (Latin for creation out of nothing) — create or amend the rules for a more exciting time. Otherwise, we would be hearing about innovative AI—inspired ways to utilize your chessboard and player pieces.
While Google is showing us that AI can successfully be applied to a wider spectrum of our daily activities, it is a human that has the first – and last word – over the rules to the game.