AI Computer Wins First Match against Master Go Champion

Tanguy Chouard, an editor with Nature, saw Google-DeepMind’s AI system AlphaGo defeat a human professional for the first time last year at the ancient board game Go. This week, he is watching top professional Lee Sedol take on AlphaGo, in Seoul, for a $1 million prize. As I’m sure you’ve heard, one of humanity’s best Go players, Lee Sedol, just lost his first game in a best-of-five series against AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence system created by Google DeepMind. “I’m in shock,” Lee said at the post-match press conference. I was surprised too by my emotional reaction to the result. Before I saw the game, which I watched alongside DeepMind’s CEO Demis Hassabis, and David Silver, one of the lead researchers on AlphaGo, I didn’t know who I wanted to win. Now—to my surprise—I…


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