Google’s AlphaGo AI Program Defeats One Of World’s Best ‘Go’ Players

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Google’s AlphaGo computer program on Wednesday won the first of a series of five matches against one of the world’s best players of the complex board game, Go, marking a new milestone in the development of artificial intelligence (AI).

South Korean professional Go player Lee Sedol, an 18-time international title winner, conceded defeat in a match broadcast live, with one Youtube stream watched by tens of thousands of people worldwide, and domestic cable gave frequent updates.

AlphaGo, built by Google subsidiary DeepMind, made history in October, by becoming the first computer program ever to beat a human professional player at the ancient Asian board game.

But Lee was considered a much bigger hurdle for a machine to overcome in what many experts consider to be the most complex board game in existence.

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