According to journal Nature,A Computer System built by Google defeated the European champion Fan Hui, in Ancient Chinese board game Go. This is a major breakthrough in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) research.
The Google system, named AlphaGo defeated Fan Hui in a five-game match at the Google DeepMind office in London in October.
Google is planning to put AlphaGo up against the highest-ranked Go player, South Korea’s Lee Sedol, at a match in Seoul in March.
“This is the first time that a computer program has defeated a human professional player in the full-sized game of Go, a feat previously thought to be at least a decade away.” – Nature
“If we win the match in March, then that’s sort of the equivalent of beating [Garry] Kasparov in chess,” said Demis Hassabis, cofounder of Google-owned DeepMind, during a press briefing on the research earlier this week. “Lee Sedol is the greatest player of the past decade. I think that would mean AlphaGo would be better than any human at playing Go.”
Go is a board game invented in China more than 2,500 years ago. In this game 19 horizontal and 19 vertical lines forms a grid and players place black and white stones alternately.
“Go is the most complex and beautiful game ever devised by humans,” Demis Hassabis, head of the Google team, and himself an avid Go player, said at a press briefing. By beating Fan Hui, he added, “our program achieved one of the long-standing grand challenges of AI.”