AlphaGo is the new “Go God” but China don’t recognize it

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Hey my friends, this is the article 54 / 1000! For those who don’t know me, my name is Selim Chehimi and I’m an engineering student. I’ve been programming for 7 years now so you can tell that I really enjoy that. Those 7 years of programming lead me to Artificial Intelligence. I really want to be involved in AI so that’s the reason why I’m sharing this article with you. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Today we will talk about the recent victory of Google’s AlphaGo.

A Google algorithm called AlphaGo has beaten Ke Jie, the world’s best player in the Chinese game of Go who once announced that he would never be beaten by a computer at this game. After his defeat, he said that AlphaGo had become too strong for humans. In fact, Alpha Go already shocked the Go community years ago when it wins versus South Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol four games to one.  In the game of Go, there are more moves you can do than there are atoms in the entire universe. In other words, there is no way of calculating all possible moves so Alpha Go needs some sort of human intuition. As you can imagine, AlphaGo’s success is considered the most significant for AI due to the complexity of Go.

To Demis Hassabis (the CEO of Google’s Deep Mind), “This isn’t about man competing with machines, but rather using them as tools to explore and discover new knowledge together”. We can affirm that this Artificial Intelligence is the beginning of a new era where AI and humans collaborate. For example, Lee Sedol reported that he never saw someone play like AlphaGo so it literally opened new ways of approaching strategy. If an AI can help a grandmaster player, then it can probably help other humans to improve.

Fun fact, China censored Google’s AlphaGo match: most Chinese viewers could not watch the match live. The reason of that is the national pride of a state which holds Go close to its heart.

This was the first of the three scheduled game and I firmly believe that AlphaGo will win the two others.

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