Go champion Lee Se-dol throws in towel as Google’s AlphaGo sweeps the board

Defeated Go champion Lee Se-dol after losing his third match against AlphaGo on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images A computer program developed by Google took an unassailable 3-0 lead in a best-of-five match with a Go grandmaster on Saturday. The Chinese board game is considered to be much more complex than chess – there are a far greater number of outcomes – and the victory by the program, AlphaGo, is being a hailed as a stark demonstration of the rapidly growing power of modern artificial intelligence. AlphaGo took only four hours to achieve its third consecutive win over Lee Se-dol, one of the ancient game’s greatest modern players. Lee, who has topped the world ranking for much of the last decade and holds 18 international titles, had predicted an easy victory…


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