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World's best Go player to play against Google's AlphaGo AI

2017-February-4       Source: CRIenglish.com

The world's number-one Go player has "one last move" and will face off against Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) in April.

The world's number-one Go player has "one last move" and will face off against Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) in April.

The match between Ke Jie, the world's top-ranked Go player under Rémi Coulom's unofficial ranking system, and DeepMind's Go-playing program AlphaGo will take place in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province.

If Ke loses the best-of-three match, China, Japan and South Korea may each form a team and challenge AlphaGo, yangtse.com reported.

Chinese firm(s) will sponsor the match, and the total prize money will be more than 1 million U.S. dollars, according to yangtse.com. 

AlphaGo beat "Go" grand master Lee Sedol from South Korea in March last year, with Lee losing to the computer 4-1 in the best-of-five series.

Ke posted a statement on Chinese social media platform Weibo last year after Lee was defeated, saying "even if AlphaGo can defeat Lee Sedol, it cannot beat me."

However, Ke later acknowledged that artificial intelligence had surpassed humans in the ancient Chinese board game, after losing three games to a robot last year, according to qz.com.

In January, a mysterious Go player "Master", later revealed to be the newest version of Google's "AlphaGo," won 60 out of 60 games against some of the world's best Go players on an online platform called Tygem. "Master" also beat Ke Twice.

Editor: Will

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