AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Prodigy 1-0 in First of 3 Matches

By Bridget O'Donnell, May 24, 2017

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Artificial intelligence strikes again, as Google's AlphaGo has defeated Chinese prodigy Ke Jie in the first of three matches set to take place this week.

AlphaGo defeated Ke 1-0 in a round of the ancient game of Go held in Wuzhen, Zhejiang. The 19-year-old is currently the world's number one human player.

Of Tuesday's defeat, Ke said: "I am not that satisfied with my performance. I could have done better. For the next two games, I will spare no efforts to make it." 

The victory is the latest for Google's artificial intelligence system, which had previously defeated top player Lee Se-dol of South Korea 4-1 in 2016.

Go was once thought to be too complex for artificial intelligence. The 3,000-year-old boardgame, which originated in China, has two players place black and white stones on a 19x19 grid. They player who controls the most territory wins.

AlphaGo and Ke are set to play again on Thursday and Saturday.

[Images via ECNS]

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