by Brooks Hays
Seoul (UPI) Mar 8, 2016
Artificial intelligence has dominated Jeopardy and bested chess masters. Now, computers are aiming to master Go, a 3,000-year-old abstract board game.
On Tuesday night, Google's Go-playing supercomputer AlphaGo will take on the world's best Go player, Lee Se-dol.
Tuesday night's game is the first of five Go matches scheduled between Lee Se-dol and AlphaGo. The face-off will take place in Seoul, South Korea, and will be live-streamed online starting at 11 p.m. EST.
Developed in ancient China, Go is the oldest board game still played today. The goal of the two-player abstract strategy game is to surround more territory than one's opponent by alternately placing stones, the black and white game pieces, on the intersection points of a 19x19 grid.
AlphaGo has already beat Fan Hui, the European Go champion, but most agree that Lee Se-dol is far superior to any other Go player on Earth.
Software engineers with Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence unit say Go is less easily defined by mathematical formulas.
At a press conference on Tuesday, DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis called Go "the most elegant game humans ever invented."
"Go is primarily a game about intuition rather than brute-force calculation used in chess," Hassabis added. "There are more possible Go positions than there are atoms in the universe."
Though Lee admitted it was strange preparing for a non-human opponent, he predicts success.
"I don't think it will be a very close match," he said with confidence. "I believe it will be 5-0, or maybe 4-1. So the critical point for me will be to not lose one match."
All about the robots on Earth and beyond!
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|