Google’s DeepMind algorithm edges human Go champ in man v machine chess battle

Google’s DeepMind Go playing algorithm has notched up an early win in the opening match of a five game tournament against reigning champion Lee Se-dol of South Korea.A visibly nervous Se-dol conceded defeat three and a half hours into the bout after his silicon rival outwitted him on the board, further eroding humanity’s smug superiority over technology in the process. The occasion is now set to go down in the history books as the moment computers mastered one of the oldest (and most difficult) board games known – 19 years after the defeat of chess champion Gary Kasparov in 1997. Experts had predicted it would take a decade or more for programmers to build software capable of mastering Go due to the sheer volume of possible moves, which discount a…


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