The first match in the face off between Google’s Deepmind artificial intelligence AlphaGo, and the Go World Champion 33-year Lee Sedol has ended seeing defeat for the human with artificial intelligence winning its first match out of five.
It’s not the first time that Deepmind has beaten a Go Champion but it is the first time that the artificial intelligence system has beaten a World Champion Go player. Up for grabs is a $1 million prize which AlphaGo will donate to charity if it wins.
The tournament is taking place from March 8-15th although the world champion is already predicting that the competition will be a 5-0 whitewash to AlphaGo, but let’s hope that Sedol can find a way to win at least one match against the powerful computer system.
In October 2015, AlphaGo became the first computer program ever to beat a professional Go player by winning 5-0 against the reigning 3-times European Champion Fan Hui (2-dan pro). That work was featured in a front cover article in the science journal Nature in January 2016.
Watch DeepMind’s program AlphaGo take on the legendary Lee Sedol (9-dan pro), the top Go player of the past decade, in a $1M 5-game challenge match in Seoul. This is the livestream for Match 1 to be played on: 9th March 13:00 KST (local), 04:00 GMT; note for US viewers this is the day before on: 8th March 20:00 PT, 23:00 ET.