Google’s AlphaGo AI defeats human in first game of Go contest

South Korean professional Go player Lee Sedol on TV screens during the Google DeepMind Challenge Match against Google’s AI program, AlphaGo, at the Yongsan Electronic store in Seoul. Photograph: Ahn Young-joon/AP Google’s computer program AlphaGo defeated its human opponent, South Korean Go champion Lee Sedol, on Wednesday in the first game of a historic five-game match between human and computer. AlphaGo’s victory in the ancient Chinese board game is a breakthrough for artificial intelligence, showing the program developed by Google DeepMind has mastered one of the most creative and complex games ever devised. Commentators said the match was close, with both AlphaGo and Lee making some mistakes. The result was unpredictable until near the end. Lee’s loss was a shock to South Koreans and Go fans. Two weeks ago, the…


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