Why does it matter that Google’s DeepMind computer has beaten a human at Go?

Why are we asking this now? A computer has won a game of Go against a person — much to many humans’ surprise. Google’s machine appears to have mastered the game, beating Lee Sedol, widely regarded as humanity’s best player. The game still has some time to go — AlphaGo’s win was just the first part of a best of five match. But even winning just one was a huge step forward for AlphaGo, the robot created by Google. The computer wasn’t expected to win, at least not by everyone. For his part, Mr Lee had said that he expected to win by a “landslide” — initially predicting a 5-0 win. Why is Go so important? Computers have beaten humans at almost every game before, but none of them have had…


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