Google artificial intelligence defeats Chinese Go master

Google’s AlphaGo program defeated a Chinese Go master. The victory shows the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to outdo human intelligence. It also demonstrates Google’s AI capabilities.

Demis Hassabis, Google DeepMind CEO, spoke about how AlphaGo learns, “You know, obviously, this version of AlphaGo initially learns from human games and then does most of its learning now from its own play against itself … But of course to truly test what it knows, we have to play against human experts because we don’t know … playing games against itself, it’s not going to expose its own weaknesses because it will obviously fix those during the self play. So we really have to test it against the world’s best players.”

Chinese Go master Ke Jie said he prefers to play against human opponents. He doesn’t feel that playing against artificial intelligence is fun since he can’t beat it and it can only grow stronger in the future.

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