The AlphaGo is the artificial intelligence developed to tackle the most demanding strategy game of the world and it is now stepping down from competitive matches. AlphaGo of the search giant has already defeated the best talents of the world. The most recent one to lose to AlphaGo is Ke Jie, which is the top-ranked player of Go.
Go’s Ke Jie loses to Google’s AlphaGo by 3-0 ratio
This week in China, Ke Jie lost to AlphaGo of the internet giant by 3-0 in a series. The artificial intelligence was not Google’s own product; instead it was developed by London-based DeepMind. The U.S.-based internet giant acquired the AI for over $500 million in 2014. During a week of matches, the AI overcame a team of five top players as well.
Last year, when AlphaGo beat former Go world champion Lee Sedol, it made its first headlines. The event in China only took things to the next level with doubles with and against other top Go pros and matches against 19-year-old Jie. Demis Hassabis, the Chief Executive Officer of DeepMind said in his blog post, “We have always believed in the potential for AI to help society discover new knowledge and benefit from it, and AlphaGo has given us an early glimpse that this may indeed be possible. More than a competitor, AlphaGo has been a tool to inspire Go players to try new strategies and uncover new ideas in this 3,000 year-old game.”
He further said “The creative moves it played against the legendary Lee Sedol in Seoul in 2016 brought completely new knowledge to the Go world, while the unofficial online games it played under the moniker Magister (Master) earlier this year have influenced many of Go’s leading professionals—including the genius Ke Jie himself.”
The Future of Go Summit is their final match event: Demis Hassabis
Go is called the most demanding strategy game of the world, which is why it made a perfect field to both develop AI technology and build machines against humans. Hassabis said, “Events like this week’s Pair Go, in which two of the world’s top players partnered with AlphaGo, showed the great potential for people to use AI systems to generate new insights in complex fields.”
The CEO of DeepMind said that as a competitive program, the possible pinnacle for AlphaGo was the series of thrilling games with the best players of the world this week in a country where Go originated. He said that the Future of Go Summit is their final match event with AlphaGo for that same reason.