Google's artificial intelligence software AlphaGo won the first game in the Google DeepMind challenge match.
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AlphaGo, the first computer program to beat a professional Go player, takes on the legendary Lee Sedol (9-dan) , the top Go player of the past decade, in a five-game match in Seoul, Korea.
Go is a profoundly complex game, which is why this has always been regarded as the outstanding grand challenge for artificial intelligence. The win of the Google DeepMind AI project is a historic event, but there are still 4 more games to play. If indeed AlphaGo comes out as the winner of the 5 game tournament it would be a watershed moment for artificial intelligence.
Lee Sedol threw in the towel in the first game, when he calculated that he lost against the computer. You can see the winning board in the snap below, just before Sedol lost.
You can re-watch the historic win of Google's AI in the captured live video stream of the first game below.
As Go is crazy complex and human players are winning through intuition and feel, it is hard to predict how the second game will be like. Can Sedol adjust to AlphaGo game? We will find in 24 hours.
The next match will be played tomorrow in Korea local time 13:00KST. The live webcast starts for US viewers tonight at 11pm ET on the DeepMind channel.
Google DeepMind has put out a $1 million prize money, which should be enough to have Lee Se-dol (Sedol) perform at his best.
In October 2015, Google's 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).
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