Experts divided over human-AI Go battle

With the battle between a top-notch baduk player from South Korea and Google’s state-of-the-art program slated for this week, industry watchers on Sunday cast divided predictions of the game, which may write a new chapter in the development of artificial intelligence.The board game “baduk,” also known globally as Go, originated in China more than 2,500 years ago. Although it is similar to chess in that two players take turns playing on a board with lines, baduk is considered to be more complicated for AI programs as it holds a greater number of possibilities.The battle comes 20 years after a computer program defeated a world chess champion in 1997.The game, which kicks off on Wednesday, will run five rounds through March 15. Eric Schmidt, who heads Google’s parent firm Alphabet Inc.,…

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