Will Artificial Intelligence Take Down a Master Go Player?

(Credit: yanugkelid/Shutterstock) From playing chess to bowling, man-versus-machine showdowns haven’t favored flesh-and-blood lately. Open a Google search and type the word “machine” or “computer” before the names Garry Kasparaov, Ken Jennings, David Boys or Chris Barnes to see how humans have fared lately. Come March 14, will Lee Sedol, a 33-year-old world champion Go player, join that list? Go is a ridiculously difficult, 3,000-year-old Chinese board game played with circular black and white stones on a 19-by-19 grid. It’s a game of complexity, depth and nuance, and computers weren’t expected to solve it for at least another decade. It appears we’re ahead of schedule.  Sedol will attempt to take down Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo algorithm, which utilizes artificial intelligence and deep learning to play the complicated game. Sedol and AlphaGo will square off in a…


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