Google computer beats ‘Go’ champion in first match

Speaking at a press meeting before the man-versus-computer Go match, Jeffrey Dean, a Google senior fellow, drew a rosy picture of technologies behind AlphaGo, such as deep learning and machine learning, dispelling some worries raised by some pessimists on AI. In a blog post in January, DeepMind’s David Silver and Demis Hassabis note that the search space (the number of possible board configurations) in Go is larger than the number of atoms in the universe. South Korean professional Go player Lee Sedol, right, drinks water after putting the first stone against Google’s artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, as Google DeepMind’s lead programmer Aja Huang, left, sits during the Google DeepMind Challenge Match in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Last October, Fan Hui was beaten by a computer at the…


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