[Editorial] Lee vs. AlphaGo

Lee Se-dol, one of Korea’s top professional Go players, is due to play a five-game match against a computer program developed by a Google affiliate starting March 9.The match has drawn keen attention from Go players and technology experts around the world because Go has thus far been viewed as an unsolved “grand challenge” for artificial intelligence.Go, which originated in China more than 2,500 years ago, is much more complicated than chess. The classic game is played on a board with a 19×19 grid of lines, much larger than a chess board with its 8×8 grid of squares.Due to the larger board size, the average number of moves that each player makes in a Go game comes to about 150-200, several times more than the average 37 in a chess…

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