The second Go match between human and machine playing Go took place today and machine won again.
Google's artificial intelligence software AlphaGo won the first game in the Google DeepMind challenge match yesterday. This was a historic moment.
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The DeepMind Match 2 was too close to call up until the end. Human and machine went both in overtime. Today's game was dramatically different from the first match, where AlphaGo was playing aggressively, forcing Sedal to give up. This time AlphaGo was winning with surprising moves, that kept the game on the edge, but the computer kept a slight point advantage at all times.
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. Now the artificial intelligence has two wins under its belt. Match 3 can already bring the decision, unless Lee Sedol can win the game.
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 3 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.
As Go is very complex and human players are winning through intuition and feel the outcome of the 5 game tournament of machine vs. man is still uncertain.
The next match will be played the day after tomorrow in Korea local time 13:00KST. Lee Sedol and Google's AI have a day off. The live webcast starts for US viewers tonight at 11pm ET on the DeepMind Youtube channel.
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Google DeepMind has put out a $1 million prize money. If AlphaGo wins the money goes to charity. Find out how to learn to play go online.