AIGo software took game 1 in match with world champion!
Alphago took the first game of the historic match between Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence and the world’s top Go player, Lee Sedol. “#AlphaGoWINS!”, tweeted DeepMind’s CEO Demis Hassabis.
Go has always been considered the last frontier of human intelligence against AI, but a match between AlphaGo and the European champion last October, won by AlphaGo 5-0, cast this status in doubt. In the current match, Google offered a million-dollar prize to the winner in order to entice the world champion to play the AI software.
Up until just before the match started, the confident Lee Sedol was predicting a sweep. No one expected that, with an extra five months of self-learning, AlphaGo improved so much that it played a nearly flawless game and smoothly forced Lee to resign after 186 moves.
Round two will be held after a day of rest.
For a sample report, see http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/09/google-deepmind-alphago-ai-defeats-human-lee-sedol-first-game-go-contest