Mark Zuckerberg Congratulates Google’s AlphaGo for Beating Human Champion

Of all the people to offer congratulations in the wake of Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo winning its third victory in the board game Go last night, overcoming human world champion Lee Se-dol (and thereby ensuring the A.I.’s victory in the five-game series, no matter the outcome of the remaining two games), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg might not be the first to come to mind. Yet that’s exactly what Zuckerberg did earlier today, writing on his Facebook page: Congrats to the Google DeepMind team on this historic milestone in AI research — a third straight victory over Go grandmaster Lee Sedol. We live in exciting times. Zuckerberg’s praise for an advancement by one of Facebook’s frequent competitors is notable for its politeness, but also because Facebook is itself heavily invested…


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