Google vs. Go: can AI beat the ultimate board game?

(Amelia Krales) Tweet Share The champion entered the room to the machine-gun clicking of camera shutters. He locked eyes with his opponent’s entourage, one of whom was one of the most prominent billionaires on the planet and had just made lofty pronouncements about the importance of the upcoming clash. He looked out at the assembled audience and, in a soft but firm voice, explained why he was confident of vanquishing his rival and securing the $1 million in prize money. His reputation, as well as that of his discipline and his entire species, is at stake. The champion’s name is Lee Se-dol, and tomorrow he will play a board game against a computer program from Google. It’s not just any board game. This is Go, an ancient, abstract game that…

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