AlphaGo defeats the best go player in the first duel

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Google’s supercomputer once again outperformed a human being

AFP

Google’s supercomputer surpassed a human being by crushing Tuesday’s go-go Chinese genius, the millenary Asian strategy game.

AlphaGo won the first of three games against world number one Ke Jie, 19, who had boasted – a little quickly – of being able to beat “a machine without a soul”.

AlphaGo, created by DeepMind Technologies, a subsidiary of Google specializing in artificial intelligence based in London, already caused a sensation last year by defeating a South Korean master Lee Se-Dol for four games. It was the first time a computer program crushed a great go player.

AlphaGo’s victory was hailed as a new technological step for computers, not only now able to drive cars but also to help humanity solve some of the most difficult scientific, technical or medical problems. AlphaGo is also equipped with algorithms that allow you to learn from your experiences.

The young Ke Jie, who describes himself as “pretentious”, accepted this challenge despite having suffered a setback early in the year to be defeated in an online game by a mysterious adversary … which, it was learned later, was the AlphaGo itself.

Back in 1997, world chess champion Garry Kasparov was beaten by IBM’s Deep Blue computer.

But the challenge seemed more difficult for a machine in the case of the very complex game of go, whose board (19 x 19 lines) offers an incalculable number of configurations – more than the number of atoms in the universe -, and its development Obeys strategic concepts that go beyond simple mathematical calculation, however powerful it may be.

Hence, intuition and creativity are necessary to win in this game at a very high level. And up to now it was considered that in these two areas the human being was necessarily superior to the machine.

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