A new AI frontier: Winning this freakishly hard game

The next battle between humanity and artificial intelligence (AI) will take place in a somewhat unusual setting: over a Chinese board game that has transfixed people for thousands of years. On Wednesday, Google’s AI system AlphaGo takes on Lee Sedol, one of the world’s best players of the ancient (and incredibly complex) Chinese game of Weiqi, which is better known as Go. AlphaGo, a computer program developed by Google DeepMind, will attempt to outwit Sedol in South Korea, in a five-game challenge match from Mar. 9 – 15, starting at 1:00 p.m. local time. Each game is expected to take four to five hours, with the tournament live streamed on DeepMind’s YouTube channel. Google DeepMind is offering $1 million in prize money for the winner. If AlphaGo wins, Google will…

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