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Google’s AI defeats top Go player Lee Se-dol in the first of five games

By Liu Hongzuo - on 10 Mar 2016, 10:51am

Google’s AI defeats top Go player Lee Se-dol in the first of five games

Live stream of the first round, where AI AlphaGo defeated Lee Se-dol, top Go player of the last decade.

The first of five matches between Lee Se-dol, top Go chess player of the last decade, and a computer has come to a conclusion, and with the defeat of Lee Se-dol comes a massive advancement in AI technology, thanks to the Google DeepMind’s team.

According to Lee Se-dol, he was very surprised by the performance of AlphaGo during the Go match. "I didn't expect to lose. But (sic.) I didn't think AlphaGo would play the game in such a perfect manner."

Moves by AlphaGo are represented on the chess board with the help of human proxies.

Last October, AlphaGo defeated European Go champion Fan Hui, marking it the first time where a computer program has ever beaten a professional Go player. Given how complex Go chess is, and how existing Go artificial intelligence can only play as well as amateurs, these matches are relatively historic – even legendary – in shaping how AI uses deep neural networks to solve abstract problems.

The remaining four games will be played on 10th March, 12th March, 13th March, 15th March 2016, at 12 P.M. local time. You can watch the live-stream of the Go games over at Google DeepMind’s YouTube channel. We wish both players the best of everything.

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