A Google computer victorious over the world’s ‘Go’ champion

In the ultimate battle of man versus machine, humans are running a close second. On Saturday, a Google (GOOG) computer clocked its third consecutive victory over Lee Se-dol, the long-reigning global champion of the world’s most complex board game. That win makes the machine the clear winner in a best-of-five series. The achievements of the Google DeepMind computer, AlphaGo, are considered a significant advancement in artificial intelligence. “To be honest, we are a bit stunned,” said Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, after AlphaGo’s third win. “We came here to challenge Lee Se-dol, as we wanted to learn from him and see what AlphaGo was capable of.” Since Wednesday, Lee and AlphaGo have been engaged in these high stakes games in Seoul. But AlphaGo has consistently won each of the games…


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