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Google's AI takes on champion in fresh Go challenge

Google's AI takes on champion in fresh Go challenge

Yet, the little toddler program developed by Google's artificial intelligence arm, Deep Mind, barely even three years old, has now managed to take down not one, not two, but three different champions. This could lead to Go players trying out more innovative moves in the future, but it remains to be seen if Ke Jie will try that strategy in future matches against AlphaGo.

"Instead of diminishing the game, as some feared, AI has actually made human players stronger and more creative", said Hassabis ahead of the game.

The three-game match between Ke Jie and Google's AlphaGo that started Tuesday is part of a five-day event in a town west of Shanghai that pits the computer against a group of top-ranked Chinese players. In the pair Go match, Chinese Go player Gu Li will compete with the other player Lian Xiao on May 26, with each pairing up with his AlphaGo teammate. It may not prove that a human can outsmart or outplay the AI, but nobody's going to care who was the better player when Judgment Day comes and the Terminators take over.

Rather than lament the beginning of the end for humanity, which would probably be unwise given his position within an embryonic megacorp, Hassabis discusses how AlphaGo's victory over Lee Se-dol in March past year has rejuvenated the ancient game: "Instead of diminishing the game, as some feared, artificial intelligence has actually made human players stronger and more creative".

Go involves two players alternately laying black and white stones on a grid, seeking to seal off the most territory.

While IBM's DeepBlue beat chess grand master Kasparov some 20 years ago using the "brute force" technique - essentially calculating all possible outcomes - AlphaGo has a much harder challenge.

Lee was the first human to face AlphaGo.

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The algorithm, called AlphaGo, is the brainchild of DeepMind, the artificial intelligence research arm of Google parent company Alphabet. Hassabis said: "We want to use AlphaGo as a tool that the Go community can use to improve their games".

"Last year, it was still quite humanlike when it played", Ke said.

Of course, Google has a long way to go before it can propagate what AlphaGo can do to something that has much more practical application and effect of people's day-to-day lives.

"I think it was a really wonderful game", DeepMind CEO and co-founder Demis Hassabis said after the match.

AlphaGo now has huge influence on the Go circuit, and was star turn at the Future of Go Summit, organised by Google, in China this week.

"I am still excited to see the games!" says Lee Ha-jin, who doesn't particularly seem to mind if AlphaGo prevails.

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