Go Champion Lee Se-dol Finally Wins Against Google's AI

Go Champion Lee Se-dol Finally Wins Against Google's AI

Lee Se-dol lost the 5-match series, but finally managed to eke out a win against the undefeated machine.

Earlier in the week, Google challenged world Go champion Lee Se-dol to battle it's "DeepMind" AI program: AlphaGo in a 5-match series. Lee chuckled at the idea, initially predicting that he would be able to beat the machine in straight sets. But his smile turned to dismay when AlphaGo won the first three games, securing victory for the machines once again. However, despite having already lost the series, Lee was out for blood, and in the 4th game finally proved that man can triumph over machine.

This marks the first time AlphaGo has ever been defeated by a human player, having beaten European Go champion Fan Hui last year 5-0.

Lee entered the post-game press conference to rapturous applause, remarking "I've never been congratulated so much just because I won one game!"

As for how he managed to win, according to Tweets from DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis, it may have been a "mistake" on AlphaGo's part. "[The AI] thought it was doing well, but got confused on move 87," Hassabis said, later clarifying that it made a mistake on move 79 but only realized its error by 87. AlphaGo is able to dynamically adjust its play style based on how the game is progressing at any particular point in time.

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords, and would like apologize on behalf of humanity for this grave act of insolence.

Source: The Verge

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Hail SKYNET!

Unfortunately, this only makes it stronger in the end.

weirdee:
Unfortunately, this only makes it stronger in the end.

This assumes it's an actual learning computer. My thinking is that the machine is not, and cannot, be perfect because it lost to a human opponent. They didn't just program it with a simple understanding of the game and tell it to go have fun. They wanted it to be the ultimate Go machine. Well actually, it still is, since its competitors are nil, but the fact that it CAN lose means that it is not invincible. If it does not learn, it can be beaten more times, so kudos to Lee for staggering the giant.

Machines don't make mistakes. Maybe it was the maintenance man? He could've swapped orange and lemon-lime.

Edit: I hear they sometimes do that to mess with Laputan machines.

Aw man the makers of the AI must be gutted, didn't they stand to win 700.000 quid if they won all three rounds or something like that?

Still, least this shows there is hope for us meatbags yet.

Frankster:
Aw man the makers of the AI must be gutted, didn't they stand to win 700.000 quid if they won all three rounds or something like that?

Still, least this shows there is hope for us meatbags yet.

The computer did win three of five games, they just decided to play the remaining matches as well.

Frankster:
Aw man the makers of the AI must be gutted, didn't they stand to win 700.000 quid if they won all three rounds or something like that?

Still, least this shows there is hope for us meatbags yet.

The computer did win three of five games, they just decided to play the remaining matches as well.

shinyelf:

Also, if I recall correctly, they declared, that if they win, the winnings will go towards charity. Not that it wouldn't be a regrettable thing if the AI lost, in this case, but they wouldn't be getting their hands on the money either way in the end.

shinyelf:

The computer did win three of five games, they just decided to play the remaining matches as well.

Oh cool then, their hard work got rewarded with more then just glory :)

Haha, the AI went crazy once Sedol clenched the game, making sporadic moves that destroyed any chance of making a comeback. My friends and I had a laugh about it, I mean, who knew skynet was such a poor sportsman?

 

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