When Google's AlphaGo program beat grandmaster Lee Se-Dol four games to one, both programmers and professional Go players were surprised. The general consensus was that it would be years before a computer could defeat a human at the complex board game, which players describe as requiring elegance and imagination. Director of the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development and electrical engineering professor, Jon Tapson, said AlphaGo's victory was cause for a re-evaluation of how we use artificial intelligence (AI). "They could find ways of manipulating the stock market -- maybe by buying and selling shares in rapid succession to create the illusion of a change in market sentiment," he said. He said unless there was reason to go looking, it was unlikely humans would notice that kind of behaviour, and that it would be difficult to program or regulate the actions of an AI if we do not know how it makes decisions.
Google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo has already taken down the best European Go player, and swiftly beat Lee Se-dol, a player considered to be one of the best Go players of all time. Ke Jie, who is only 18, is the reigning top-ranked Go player in the world, and he's agreed to play the AI program at the ancient board game. According to Ars Technica, Ke said on his Weibo account in March: "Even if AlphaGo can defeat Lee Se-dol, it can't beat me." Ke had initially refused to play AlphaGo, as he didn't want the system to learn his style of play--AlphaGo learns and improves by playing games against humans, simulations, and itself, to understand new ways to play the game. But Ke has since changed his mind.
Humanity has been given another chance to redeem itself: Google's Go-playing computer will compete against the world's best Go player, Ke Jie, before the year is out. The decision is a change of heart for Ke, who is 18 and comes from China. Ke initially boasted that he could beat the AlphaGo machine, which sounds like big talk, but then told Chinese news media that he didn't want to play because then it would copy his playing style. Earlier this year, AlphaGo won 4-1 against Go grandmaster Lee Sedol, a development that many hailed as a huge leap for artificial intelligence on the one hand, and on the other hand had South Korea (where Sedol is from) freaking out and then deciding to invest 860 million in the AI industry. Though computers have long been able to win games--it's been almost 20 years since Deep Blue beat chess champion Garry Kasparov--the match was a big deal because Go is a much more complicated game than chess.
AI has mastered one of the most complex board games on Earth, beating the world's best at Go. Just weeks after its overwhelming victory over world-class Go player Lee Sedol, Google's AI operation AlphaGo is set to be challenged. Not given much time to toast its convincing victory, reports have emerged that the team behind China Computer Go team has Google in its crosshairs, with an AI showdown in the works. Shanghai Securities News reported that the Chinese team will set a challenge before the year is out, although it's unclear exactly what that challenge will be. However, it marks a quick deviation away from regular old humans playing Go at the very pinnacle of the game. After winning 99pc of its games against other Go programmes, last year AlphaGo became the first AI system to beat a pro player when it won out 5-0 against European Go champion Fan Hui.
AlphaGo's victory will either increase your anxiety about AI or further push the idea that the tech will benefit humanity. AlphaGo, a new documentary about a Google AI triumphing over Go champion Lee Sedol, first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. It returned to NYC for public screenings on Friday, and will show in Los Angeles next month. Go is a Chinese board game dating back 2,500 years. The game's rules are fairly simple, with the objective being to capture more territory than your opponent.