Artificial intelligence beats human player in Go series

Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) programme on Saturday took a 3-0 lead in a five-match series against one of the world’s top players of the complicated board game Go. The victory for the AlphaGo programme, designed by Google subsidiary DeepMind, over South Korean professional player Lee Sedol, the holder of 18 international titles, has surprised many, including its designers, and has underscored advances in AI. “I am very sorry for the powerless display,” a dejected Lee told reporters in the South Korean capital, Seoul, after his defeat. “Though I have a lot of experience in Go I have never felt before such severe pressure as I do now, and I suppose my abilities were a bit lacking to overcome that.” Go, which is most popular in China, South Korea and Japan,…

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