Google’s Game-Playing AI Just Beat A Go Grandmaster; Now What?

Google’s artificial intelligence program won three out of five matches against Lee Sedol, a grandmaster of an ancient board game called Go. Google’s artificial intelligence software has won its third straight match against a grandmaster of an ancient board game called Go. Google’s program, AlphaGo, won the first three games in a series of five against Lee Sedol, who’s considered one of the world’s best Go players. This means Google has secured the $1 million in prize money from the competition, which it says it will donate to charity. But this was about more than money and bragging rights for Google. Deep neural networks, like the ones used in AlphaGo, are becoming increasingly important to Google’s business. It helps identify faces in photos, understand commands spoken into smartphones, chooses Internet search results and more.…


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