Google's Deepmind AI beats Go world champion in first match

Google's Deepmind AI beats Go world champion in first match

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Google’s Deepmind synthetic intelligence has carried out what many thought it could not: beat a grandmaster on the historic Chinese language technique recreation Go. The “AlphaGo” program pressured its opponent, 33-yr-previous 9-dan skilled Lee Sedol, to resign three and a half hours into the primary of their 5-match battle. Whereas Deepmind has defeated a Go champion earlier than, it is the primary time a machine has crushed a world champion.

The end result comes as a shock, notably after Sedol himself predicted a 5-zero whitewash. Regardless of the robust speak, the Korean informed Related Press reporters that he might slip up as soon as — he’ll simply should hope that that is his one and solely time. A $1 million prize is on the road, which AlphaGo will give to charity if it wins.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Go, the sport originated in China round three,000 years in the past. With its 19×19 board and black and white lens-formed disks, referred to as stones, Go is taken into account to be much more complicated than Chess, a recreation that additionally hosted a person vs machine battle when IBM’s Deep Blue pc famously defeated world champion Gary Kasparov in 1997.

To organize the system’s neural community, the AlphaGo workforce fed the pc 30 million strikes from skilled Go gamers so it might undertake its personal methods utilizing a means of trial and error that’s referred to in AI circles as reinforcement studying.

AlphaGo and Sedol will meet one other 4 occasions this week however now that the pc has the sting, it solely must win two extra rounds to be topped champion. You possibly can see how the primary match unfolded within the video embedded above, however be warned, it is virtually 4 hours lengthy.

#AlphaGo WINS!!!! We landed it on the moon. So pleased with the staff!! Respect to the superb Lee Sedol too

— Demis Hassabis (@demishassabis) March 9, 2016

Unimaginable second for AI. Congrats to AlphaGo and Lee Sedol for an excellent recreation. Extra to return!

— sundarpichai (@sundarpichai) March 9, 2016