The Google DeepMind AI team also won the third game today in the 5 game Go tournament against the best Go player in the world.
Google's artificial intelligence project has just beaten the best Go player on the planet. Lee Sedal (9-dan) lost the third game today against AlphaGo. This is the third straight loss and makes Google's AlphaGo the tournament champion.
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AlphaGo won by resignation after 176 moves. Lee Sedal ran out of time and two periods of byō-yomi overtime, while AlphaGo had 8:31 left on the clock.
American commentator Michael Redmond (9-dan) said: "It’s arguable that in the first two games Lee Sedol was playing differently than his true style, trying to find a weakness in the computer. Today Lee was definitely playing his own game, from his strong opening to the complicated moves in the final kō. AlphaGo was ready for everything, including the kō fights, and was able to take the win. I’d like to congratulate the people who actually made this accomplishment possible, because it’s a work of art."
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.
The next match will be played on Sunday in Korea local time 13:00KST. 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. As AlphaGo has won already the tournament it is clear that the money goes to charity. Find out how to learn to play go online.