Google’s AlphaGo is to have showdowns with Lee Se-dol, the world’s best professional Go player, from March 9. Many people across the world are paying keen attention to whether artificial intelligence will be able to defeat the human world champion.
The artificial intelligence system of Google beat Fan Hui, another genius player from China who conquered Europe three times, on five successive occasions in October last year. This was the first case in which a computer program beat a human Go player.
Earlier in 1997, IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue defeated the world chess champion. Many people around the world used to say until the secret showdown in October last year that the game of Go is a field where a computer cannot be superior to humans.
The AlphaGo is an AI program developed by Google DeepMind, which was renamed after the British AI company of DeepMind Technologies was acquired by Google in 2014 after having been founded in 2010. The five rounds are scheduled for March 9, 10, 12, 13 and 15 and each of them is to be broadcast live on YouTube. The prize money is US$1 million. At present, the AlphaGo has a winning rate of 99.8% against the other computer-based Go programs.