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Google AI takes on master of ancient Chinese board game Go

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It's man vs machine this week as Google's artificial intelligence programme AlphaGo faces the world's top-ranked Go player in a contest expected to end in another victory for the machine. Google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo took on the Chinese world number one of the ancient board game today in the first of three planned games, beating its human opponent by a narrow margin. It is the second time the AI has gone head-to-head with a master Go player in a public showdown, after stunning the world last year by trouncing South Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol four games to one. Google's artificial intelligence programme AlphaGo (right screen) will face the world's top-ranked Go player, China's 19-year-old Ke Jie (left), in a contest expected to end in another victory for rapid advances in AI. AlphaGo, part of Google's DeepMind project, competed against Ke Jie, currently ranked as the top player in the world, at an event held in the eastern Chinese water town of Wuzhen.


Google AI defeats master of ancient Chinese board game Go

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo has beaten a master of the ancient Chinese strategy game Go for the second time. The victory was part of a three match event taking place this week that is meant to test the limits of computers in taking on humans at complex tasks. Ke Jie the 19-year-old Chinese world number one, anointed the program as the new'Go god' after his defeat. It is a feather in the cap for Google's parent company Alphabet's ambitions in the artificial intelligence arena, as it looks to woo Beijing to gain re-entry into the country. AlphaGo beat Ke Jie, 19, (left) taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in a best of three series being held at in the eastern Chinese water town of Wuzhen.


Google's AlphaGo gets 'divine' Go ranking after its victory against Lee Sedol

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Following its 4-1 victory over human Go champion Lee Sedol, Google's AlphaGo has been awarded the highest Go grandmaster rank possible. AlphaGo was given an honourary'ninth dan' professional ranking, equivalent to that held by Sedol who has 18 international titles to his name. It is a ranking reserved for players whose ability at the ancient board game borders on'divinity', South Korea's Go Association said. Following its 4-1 victory over human Go champion Lee Sedol (pictured), Google's AlphaGo has been awarded the highest Go grandmaster rank possible. AlphaGo was given an honourary'ninth dan' professional ranking, equivalent to that held by Sedol who has 18 international titles to his name Lee Sedol is widely considered one of the greatest Go players of the modern era.


Google's 'godlike' AlphaGo AI retires from competitive Go

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The Google-owned computer algorithm AlphaGo is retiring from playing humans in the ancient Chinese game of Go after defeating the world's top player this week. AlphaGo defeated 19-year-old world number one Ke Jie of China on Saturday to sweep a three-game series that was closely watched as a measure of how far artificial intelligence (AI) has come. Ke Jie anointed the program as the new'Go god' after his defeat. AlphaGo last year became the first computer programme to beat an elite player in a full Go match, and its successes have been hailed as groundbreaking due to the game's complexity. Go has an incomputable number of moves, putting a premium on human-like'intuition' and strategy.


Chinese AI team plans to challenge Google's AlphaGo -state media

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A team from China plans to challenge Google's AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence (AI) programme that beat a world-class player in the ancient board game Go, the state-owned Shanghai Securities News reported on Thursday. Scientists from the China Computer Go team will issue a challenge to AlphaGo by the end of 2016, said attendees at an event in Beijing organised by the Chinese Go Association and the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence, according to the report. It did not elaborate on the nature of the challenge. Scientists from the China Computer Go team will issue a challenge to AlphaGo by the end of 2016, said attendees at an event in Beijing. Google's AlphaGo computer recently beat champion Lee Sedol (pictured right) 4-1 in a 1milllion ( 706,388) challenge.