Google’s artificial intelligence engine beats legendary Go player Lee Sedol in historic victory

A Google computer program has defeated a human opponent in the first of five matches of a complex Chinese board game called Go. The victory by AlphaGo – the artificial intelligence programme developed by Google DeepMind – over South Korean Go champion Lee Sedol is significant because the ancient Chinese game is difficult for computers to master. The near-infinite number of board positions in Go requires players to rely on intuition in making their moves. AlphaGo was designed to mimic that intuition in tackling complex tasks. Artificial intelligence experts had forecast it would take another decade for computers to beat professional Go players, until AlphaGo beat a European Go champion last year. Commentators said the match between AlphaGo and Mr Lee was close, with both players making some mistakes. The…


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