Another Win for the Machines

A Google artificial intelligence program defeated a Chinese grand master at the ancient board game Go on Tuesday (May 23). It’s a major feather in the cap for Google’s AI ambitions, and another sign that machines are itching to take over the planet.

In the first of three planned games in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen, the AlphaGo program held off China’s world number one Go master Ke Jie in front of Chinese officials and Google parent Alphabet’s chief executive Eric Schmidt.

The victory over the world’s top player—which many thought would take decades to achieve —underlines the wonderful/frightening potential of artificial intelligence to take on humans at complex tasks.

Ke Jie commented that AlphaGo is now the “God of Go” games. He says he still prefers to play with human players, as he has a better chance of winning.

China’s 19-year-old Go player Ke Jie (center R) attends the opening ceremony of the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, east China’s Zhejiang province on May 23, 2017. It was man vs machine from May 23 to 27 as Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo faced the world’s top-ranked Go player in a contest expected to end in another victory for rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

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