Humans strike back: How Lee Sedol won a game against AlphaGo

Time for a smile, afterwards Seo Myung-Gon/Yonhap/Reuters LAST week, millions of people watched a man play a computer in one of humanity’s oldest boardgames – Go. An artificial intelligence trained by DeepMind – a start-up firm in London owned by Google – played five games against Lee Sedol, one of the game’s leading players. The AlphaGo AI was ahead from the opening game. “It’s so shocking. I expected AlphaGo to win one game, but I didn’t expect it to be the first one,” said Myung-wan Kim, a 9-dan professional Go player living in Los Angeles, after the first game. Lee felt the same: “I am in shock, I admit that. I didn’t think AlphaGo would play the game in such a perfect manner.” It got worse for Lee, the South…


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