In the battle of wits between human and machine, round one goes to Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo.
The first of five matches between Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo and world champion Lee Se-dol has just concluded and round one goes to the AI. The first match ended after Lee resigned having played for three-and-a-half hours. The second match is scheduled for tomorrow, and it kicks off at 9:30AM IST.
Incredible moment for AI. Congrats to AlphaGo and Lee Sedol for a great game. More to come! https://t.co/0Ekk1C3wmg
— sundarpichai (@sundarpichai) March 9, 2016
It is a great start by AlphaGo and the pressure will be on Lee to get back into the contest. Both are competing for a prize money of $1 million. Google, however, says that if its AlphaGo wins the contest, it will donate the prize money to organizations like UNICEF, STEM and Go societies.
While machines have already beaten humans at Chess, the ancient Chinese game of Go is significantly more complex. Experts says that Go requires the AI to take into account an incomputable number of moves and also requires a human-like intuition to win.
The game founded over 2,500 years ago involves two players alternately placing black and white playing pieces on a board with a 19×19 grid lines. A stone can be removed by occupying all orthogonally-adjacent points, thereby surrounding it. The objective is to capture the most territory on the board.