AlphaGo has made quite a stir in China by beating the Go world champion, Ke Jie, for a second time in a three-match series, confirming that humans have been taken over by machines... when it comes to Go...
We've been following AlphaGo's progress in China with keen interest. DeepMind took their Go playing AI there to take on the world's best Go players at the Future of Go Summit, and they started off with the hardest of the lot, Go world champion, Ke Jie. AlphaGo first made the headlines when it beat high-profile Go player Lee Sedol 4 games to 1, which marked the very first time a human was beaten by an AI at Go.
Go was considered to be far too complex for an algorithm to master, yet AlphaGo has demonstrated that not only can AI play the game, but it can become the world's best Go player, which is now undeniably is. Today, it defeated the current Go world champion. Ke Jie, for the second time in a three-match series, clinching the series.
Despite starting the match "perfectly", AlphaGo ended up coming out on top, much to Jie's chagrin, who before the tie had claimed that he would never be beaten by an AI. “I’m putting my hand on my chest, because I thought I had a chance. I thought I was very close to winning the match in the middle of the game, but that might not have been what AlphaGo was thinking. I was very excited, I could feel my heart thumping!” he said at a press conference after the match.
DeepMind, who created AlphaGo, were acquired by Google back in 2014 for $500 million, yet they aren't just working on Go playing AI. Their main goal is to create technology for people's everyday lives so that they can “solve intelligence and make the world a better place.”