AlphaGo machine-learning program defeats top Go player in first match

AlphaGo (via DeepMind’s Aja Huang) vs. Sedol in last minute of Match 1 (credit: DeepMind) Google DeepMind’s machine-learning AlphaGo program has defeated South Korean Go champion Lee Sedol in the first match of five historic matches between human and AI, taking place in Seoul. The second round will take place today (Wednesday March 9 in U.S.) at 11 PM ET (1 PM KST), also covered on YouTube. Last October, AlphaGo defeated European Go champion Fan Hui 5-0, making it the first computer program to beat a professional Go player (see “Google machine-learning system is first to defeat professional Go player“). IBM’s Big Blue computer conquered chess in 1997 in a match with chess champion Garry Kasparov, leaving Go as “the only game left above chess,” according to DeepMind CEO Demis…


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