Google’s Go playing artificial intelligence beat a world champion in 4 of 5 matches

One of the world’s best human Go players just got pummeled by a computer program. Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo program beat champion Go player Lee Sedol in their fifth and final match in Seoul Monday afternoon, bringing their tournament to a close, 4-1. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis described the final five-hour match as “the most exciting and stressful one for [the DeepMind team]”at a post-game press conference. At the same conference, Sedol, who only managed to eke out one victory against the AI, said he “felt sorry because the challenge match came to an end.” The human-AI Go face-off started March 9, and has been closely watched as an indicator of how well a computer program can navigate a highly strategic, territory-based game. The players were competing for a $1 million…


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