Go Grandmaster Lee Sedol Grabs Consolation Win Against Google’s AI

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Korean Go grandmaster Lee Sedol has won his first game against AlphaGo, Google’s artificially intelligent computing system, after losing three straight in the historic match. AlphaGo already claimed victory yesterday in this historic best-of-five test of artificial intelligence. But on Saturday evening inside Seoul’s Four Seasons hotel, Lee Sedol clawed back a degree of pride for himself and the millions of people who watched the match online.The gathered Korean reporters and photographers cheered and applauded when AlphaGo resigned roughly five hours into the game. And they cheered more loudly—and repeatedly—as he walked into the post-game press conference. AlphaGo’s dominance in the first three games was notable because no machine had previously beaten a top human player at Go—and because some technologies at the heart the system…


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