Google’s DeepMind has beaten a human Go grandmaster, 4-1

IT WAS not quite a whitewash, but it was close. When DeepMind, a London-based artificial intelligence company, challenged Lee Sedol to a five-game Go match, Mr Lee—one of the best human players of that ancient and notoriously taxing board game—was confident that he would win. He predicted a scoreline of 5-0, or maybe 4-1. He was right about the score, but wrong about the winner. After the final match, played in Seoul to a crowd on the edges of their seats and streamed to tens of millions more online, the computer had won four games to the human’s one. For AI researchers and Go aficionados, it is as big a moment as 1997, when Garry Kasparov lost a chess match to Deep Blue, a supercomputer built by IBM. It is…

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