Read all about it. Round 2 goes to the computer as well.

A huge milestone has just been reached in the field of artificial intelligence: AlphaGo, a program developed by Google’s DeepMind unit, has defeated legendary Go player Lee Se-dol in the first of five historic matches being held in Seoul, South Korea. Lee resigned after about three and a half hours, with 28 minutes and 28 seconds remaining on his clock. The series is the first time a professional 9-dan Go player has taken on a computer, and Lee is competing for a $1 million prize.

“I was very surprised,” said Lee after the match. “I didn’t expect to lose. [But] I didn’t think AlphaGo would play the game in such a perfect manner.” DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis expressed “huge respect for Lee Se-dol and his amazing skills,” calling the game “hugely exciting” and “very tense.” Team lead David Silver said it was an “amazing game of Go that really pushed AlphaGo to its limits.”

All hail our computer overlords!


  1. NewFormatSux says:

    I try clicking on the board, but it’s not letting me make a move.

  2. WOPR says:

    A strange game. The only winning move is to make scatter plots of white priveledge.

  3. noname says:

    Ok, it’s nothing but a big math problem that computers are good at.

    So what is the surprise? That given enough computer resources (google) and a good program it can be beat a pro?

    Same with chess.

    If computers are so intelligent, artificially intelligent can a computer CREATE a FUN game (maybe just an artificial game) it can’t win?

    Really this is not a big deal, except its being hyped as a big deal and people are buying it!

    Are computers getting smarter or people getting dumber or both; that’s the real question!

  4. Shiv Reddy says:

    A strange game. The only winning move is to make scatter plots of white priveledge.

  5. sheshank says:

    hugely exciting


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