Google's AlphaGo defeats world's best human Go player Ke Jie

An artificial intelligence may be able to instantly calculate every possible move in a board game, but there's one thing that these robots can't do: cheat.

Spectators watch a video screen as Go player Ke Jie plays a match against Google's artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, during the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

AlphaGo, one of the core creations by Google's DeepMind, was never meant to only live for challenging humans in the Go match, the most complicated two-player game in the world.

Ke Jie, China's top Go player, is taking on Google's AlphaGo in a three-game match starting from today in east China's Wuzhen, initiating another head-on confrontation between human wisdom and artificial intelligence.

"I think everyone recognizes that Ke Jie is the strongest human player", Michael Redmond, 9th-dan professional and commentator, told reporters before the game started.

It's possible for the program to win by half a point because of a rule known as Komi, which is created to compensate the player who goes second. A team match will also be held between AlphaGo and five Chinese players. The widely covered contest provoked discussion on social media about whether an AI system could beat a player from China - the nation that spawned the game several millennia ago. AlphaGo had earlier showed its incredible moves against the Korean legend Lee Se-dol who lost the match 1-4 to the prolific AI.

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Go involves two players alternately laying black and white stones on a grid, seeking to seal off the most territory. Then came AlphaGo's victory over Lee.

Ke Jie is playing Go with AlphaGo.

The high-profile AlphaGo match comes amid a Chinese government push to compete internationally in artificial intelligence. During last year's game, DeepMind's founder and CEO Demis Hassabis explained that Go is played on a large board with an exponentially larger number of permutations.

Players have said AlphaGo enjoys some advantages because it doesn't get exhausted or emotionally rattled, two critical aspects of the mentally intense game. This week you can expect to hear DeepMind speak about its health initiatives, and Google should go into further detail about how machine learning is already improving many of its products.

In January this year AlphaGo achieved the ranking of No. 2 when playing under the pseudonym "Master" took on and beat top ranked players, being undefeated in 60 games.

AlphaGo now has huge influence on the Go circuit, and was star turn at the Future of Go Summit, organised by Google, in China this week.

  • Regina Walsh