Google's AlphaGo beats world's best Go player

The final battle between man and machine in the board game Go is here

The final battle between man and machine in the board game Go is here

A Google artificial intelligence algorithm on Tuesday inched closer to once again claiming the title of world champion of the ancient Chinese game of Go, besting its human opponent in the first match of a best-of-three championship. A two-person strategy game on a 19 X 19 grid board with black and white stones, weiqi is the most complex contest played by humans, with more possible moves than the total number of estimated atoms in the visible universe. Ke Jie and AlphaGo are set to battle each other in a best-of-three match, but if the results of the first game on Tuesday are any indication, it appears that the young Chinese grandmaster would have his work cut out for him. Now, after beating Jie, widely considered the world's best player, AlphaGo has cemented its reputation.

"I think Ke made some good unexpected moves in his game, but overall it was a complete loss", Lee said in a phone interview with Yonhap News Agency.

AlphaGo now plans to play with a team in the next days. The post Google's A.I. Beats World's Best Go Player appeared first on Vocativ.

Developed by Google DeepMind in London, AlphaGo has the ability to simulate a million matches every day, learning and improving over time at a mind-boggling pace. The second Ke Jie vs AlphaGO match will be held on Thursday, May 25 (10:30 am, UTC+8), followed by the finale on Saturday, May 27.

AI has previously beaten humans in cerebral contests, starting with IBM's Deep Blue defeating chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997, but AlphaGo's win previous year is considered the most significant win for AI yet. The AI beat the Go world champion in a series of matches earlier this year.

He added that AlphaGo was a "wonderful player" and "completely different" from past year.

AlphaGo pulled off the 0.5 point victory after facing moves pulled from its own playbook. During last year's game, DeepMind's founder and CEO Demis Hassabis explained that Go is played on a large board with an exponentially larger number of permutations.

Since then, AlphaGo has played many more games online under the pseudonym Master. The victor is the player who seals off the most territory.

The Verge is in Wuzhen covering the Future of Go Summit.

The nuances of language remain a stumbling block for AI programmes, with human translators besting translation AI programmes from Google, translation technology specialist Systran and South Korean Internet provider Naver in a Korean-to-English translation competition. And both stipulation matches will demonstrate not only a wider range of AlphaGo's capabilities than before, but how the arrival of AI has changed the way that humans play Go.

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