Human player wins first Go match against artificial intelligence

South Korean Lee Sedol has won his first match against a computer programme developed by a Google subsidiary in the ancient board game Go, denying a clean sweep for the artificial intelligence in a five-match series. Lee, one of the world’s top players and the holder of 18 international titles, recovered from three consecutive losses against the AlphaGo programme, which was developed by DeepMind. “This win is invaluable and I would not trade it for anything else in the world,” a jubilant Lee told reporters after the match, thanking fans for their support. The 33-year-old professional player has admitted he underestimated AlphaGo’s skills, but also said the programme was not perfect. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis told reporters the loss was a valuable learning tool and would help identify weaknesses in…

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