Just a year ago, the Chinese master of the complex game known as Go was insisting no computer could ever outplay him. Yesterday, Ke Jie was in tears, calling the artificial intelligence programme developed by Google that beat him in three straight matches “perfect, flawless, without any emotions”.
“I’m very sorry I lost,” 19-year-old Ke told the post-match press conference in Wuzhen in Zhejiang province. “I wish I could have done better,” he said.
Go, also known as weiqi, is played on a 19×19 grid board by two opponents. With more permutations than the total number of estimated atoms in the visible universe, it has been a benchmark for measuring the human mind against artificial intelligence after IBM’s Deep Blue beat chess grand master Garry Kasparov in 1997.
Computer scientists and futurists had predicted AI would need at least a decade before it could decisively conquer the game…. see more