‘Go’ Match Between Lee Sedol and AlphaGo To Push AI Boundaries

A player places a black stone while his opponent waits to place a white one as they play Go. The game, which originated in China more than 2,500 years ago, involves two players who take turns putting markers on a grid. Cheryl Hatch / AP, file South Korea’s Lee Sedol, 33, will play his first of five “Go” matches against Google-owned computer program AlphaGo in Seoul on Wednesday. Chinese Go, known as Baduk in Korea, is played with circular black and white stones on a 19-by-19 grid. The big challenge for AlphaGo’s creators has been to establish a series of rules that tell the computer who is winning in any particular position, according to Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google-owned artificial intelligence firm DeepMind. “Go is primarily a game about intuition…


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