Google’s artificial intelligence beats world champ

Lee Sedol, the world’s top Go player, was beaten by Google’s AlphaGo today in South Korea. Google’s AlphaGo computer program won the first of a series of five matches against one of the world’s best players of the complex board game, Go, marking a new milestone in the development of artificial intelligence (AI). South Korean professional Go player Lee Sedol, an 18-time international title winner, conceded defeat in a match broadcast live, with one YouTube stream watched by tens of thousands of people worldwide, while domestic cable provided frequent updates. AlphaGo, built by Google subsidiary DeepMind, made history in October, by becoming the first program to beat a human professional player at the ancient Asian board game. But Lee was considered a much bigger hurdle for a machine to overcome…


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