Having a Go: China Plans to Challenge Google’s AI in Strategic Board Game

The China Computer Go team could throw down the gauntlet to the Anglo-American program at the end of 2016. The news emerged on Thursday, during a Beijing event organized by the Chinese Go Association and the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence. Predictably, AlphaGo, which won a game against professional South Korean player Lee Sedol in March, was the main topic of discussion at the event. The victory of the computer, a brainchild of UK company DeepMind, came as a shock for many computer science experts, who thought the current state of AI technology would not be up to the task of beating a top-class Go player. Coincidentally, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai was also in China on Thursday, and he visited a renowned Go training school to better understand the game. The strategic game, in which players place black and white pawns on a board trying to surround each other, is mostly popular across Asian countries — so…


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