AlphaGo, the AI from Google’s DeepMind division, has defeated Ke Jie in their first Go match in China. Ars Technica reported that Ke Jie, considered the best Go player in the world, lost by half a point – the closest margin possible in Go. However, it noted that checking the score difference against AlphaGo is misleading.
The AI doesn’t try to thrash you, it charts the surest course to victory and follows it, even if it is by a tiny margin. This is not the first time AlphaGo and Jie have faced one another. The AI beat the Go world champion in a series of matches earlier this year.
The co-founder of DeepMind, Demis Hassabis, said Ke Jie tried to use AlphaGo’s own moves against it this time, but it didn’t work out.
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DeepMind’s AlphaGo will take on the world’s number one Go player Ke Jie in a three-game match from 23 May. “We’re on a scientific mission to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be taught how,” said DeepMind. Last month, DeepMind’s AlphaGo defeated one of the world’s top Go players, Lee Sedol.
“Instead of diminishing the game, as some feared, artificial intelligence has actually made human players stronger and more creative.” To further improve, DeepMind will collaborate with the China Go Association to bring AlphaGo, China’s top Go players, and leading AI experts from Google and China together. The “Future of Go Summit” will be hosted in Wuzhen, where the main attraction will be the match between AlphaGo and Jie.
There will also be a game between AlphaGo and a five-player team consisting of China’s top pros.