AlphaGo vs. Lee Sedol: Odds favor machine over man in million Go match

European Go champion Fan Hui holds his head in frustration during a match against Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo program. (Credit: Google via YouTube) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Both sides in next month’s big $1 million AI-vs.-human Go match say they’re confident they’ll prevail. But Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo program has a secret weapon: It’s expanding its knowledge of the game exponentially during the buildup to the five-game match against top-ranked player Lee Sedol in Seoul, South Korea.Last month, researchers at Google DeepMind shook up the Go world with news that its artificial intelligence program bested a European champion, Fan Hui, without being given any advantage to start with. The research, published in Nature, lays out a potentially more powerful approach to AI that combines deep learning with reinforcement learning. Next month’s match against Sedol…


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