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Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game


A Go board in use.

The AlphaGo artificial intelligence program will face off against world Go champion Ke Jie in a three-game series.

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AlphaGo, Google DeepMind's artificial intelligence (AI) program, will compete against the Chinese world champion Go player Ke Jie in a three-game series.

Ke was among many top Chinese players who were defeated in online contests in January by a mysterious opponent that later turned out to be an updated version of AlphaGo.

However, former Chinese champion Gu Li says Ke thinks he can win the head-to-head contest because he has been working extremely hard to change his methods in preparation.

AlphaGo uses two sets of deep-neural networks containing millions of connections similar to neurons in the human brain. The system is partially self-taught, having played millions of Go games against itself after initial programming.

"AlphaGo's successes hint at the possibility for general AI to be applied to a wide range of tasks and areas, to perhaps find solutions to problems that we as human experts may not have considered," says Google DeepMind's Demis Hassabis.

From Agence France-Presse
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