12 July, 2017
Google’s Artificial Intelligence Destroyed the World’s Best Go Player. Then He Gave This Extraordinary Response:
It was billed as a battle of human intelligence versus artificial intelligence, man versus machine.
The machine won.
Just over a month ago, a Google computer program named AlphaGo competed against 19-year-old Chinese prodigy Ke Jie, the top-ranked player of what is believed to be the world’s most sophisticated board game, Go. (According to Wikipedia, the number of possible moves in Go–a number estimated to be greater than the total count of atoms in the visible universe–vastly outweighs those in chess.)
Soon after losing the decisive second match in a series of three, Ke blamed his loss on the very element that separated him from his foe: