The battle between man and machine: AI meets world GO champ

By Danielle Prieur A game of Go will be streamed on YouTube starting March 9 in a match between man and machine. This game pits Korean Lee Sedol, the world Go champion, against AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence agent designed by Google DeepMind. Sedol will play against the AlphaGo computer program whose moves are projected on a monitor as a human makes the moves in real time on the board. AlphaGo has already mastered classic video games like Space Invaders and Atari. Demis Hassabis, Google DeepMind’s vice president of engineering, said the Korean press gives AlphaGo a 5 percent chance of winning the $1 million prize. Hassabis said that Google DeepMind’s “internal tests suggest something else.” And, although the March game is a gamble, the goal for AlphaGo’s human creators is…


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