Why Google AlphaGo’s victory over a human isn’t just about Go

On Tuesday, Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo completed a feat many thought would still be decades in the future – it beat human Go champion Lee Sedol in the complex, centuries-old game of strategy, winning four games to one.The computer’s victory, which came at the end of a week-long showdown that was closely watched in Mr. Lee’s native South Korea and in China, marked a major milestone for artificial intelligence. Lee conceded at the end of a nearly five-hour-long final game, having won the previous match on Sunday.“When it comes to psychological factors and strong concentration power, humans cannot be a match,” Lee said after the game concluded. But he added, “I don’t necessarily think AlphaGo is superior to me. I believe there is still more a human being can…


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