Google’s Go machine aims to prove its worth against board game master

Expert go player Lee Se-dol ‘connects’ with a digital version of Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google’s DeepMind. Hassabis says Se-dol sounds very confident about winning – but only because he hasn’t seen DeepMind’s most recent progress. Photograph: Yonhap/EPA On Wednesday afternoon in the South Korean capital, Seoul, Lee Se-dol, the 33-year-old master of the ancient Asian board game Go, will sit down to defend humanity. On the other side of the table will be his opponent: Alphago, a programme built by Google subsidiary DeepMind which became, in October, the first machine to beat a professional human Go player, the European champion Fan Hui. That match proved that Alphago could hold its own against the best; this one will demonstrate whether “the best” have to relinquish that title entirely. Related: Google…


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