UPDATE: Google’s AlphaGo has defeated Ke Jie once again in the second round of their three-part series of Go. You can watch a replay of the match by clicking here.
“I think it was a really wonderful game. Huge respect to Ke Jie for playing such a great game and pushing AlphaGo to its limits.”
– Demis Hassabis, DeepMind CEO and Co-Founder
It was announced not that long ago that Ke Jie, the world’s number one Go player, would be going head-to-head with AlphaGo in a three-part series. Several hours ago, the first game of three concluded and the victor, unsurprisingly, was AlphaGo. While the victory was only by a small margin (by half a point), the AI’s strategy isn’t predicated on actual margins, but rather on moves that give it the highest probability of winning overall.
In doing so, this has allowed AlphaGo to remain highly dominant against any human player who challenges it. The next round will take place on Thursday, China-time (Wednesday evening in U.S.-time). The finale will take place two days later, while Friday will have AlphaGo testing its might in two-stipulation matches – one as a teammate to two Chinese pros going head-to-head, and the other where it’ll go up against five Chinese pros at once.
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