Lee Se-dol Beats Google's DeepMind AI for the First Time

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Lee Se-dol Beats Google's DeepMind AI for the First Time

In the seemingly lopsided battle between artificial intelligence and the human brain currently playing out in South Korea, things have not been as straightforward as initially hoped for the machine.

AlphaGo, the Go-playing AI program developed by Google's DeepMind unit, wrapped up victory in the DeepMind Challenge Match by winning its third straight game against world champion Lee Se-dol last week, but the 33-year-old has now managed to defeat his machine rival in the fourth game of a five-game match in Seoul.

According to tweets from DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis AlphaGo made a number of mistakes. The AI machine "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 adjusts its playing style based on its evaluation of how the game is progressing.

The Google automaton is now 3-1 up in the series with an overall record of 9-1 including the 5-0 win against European champion Fan Hui last year, a feat which many considered unthinkable given the number of possible moves is 10361 – more than the total estimated amount of atoms in the universe, and supposedly far beyond the reach of AI.

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