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When AlphaGo Starts Bracing itself for Yet another Victory
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AlphaGo vs. Lee Sedol

AlphaGo vs. Lee Sedol, Image Credit: DeepMind @DeepMindAI

AlphaGo brought pride and glory to Google DeepMind by defeating the world class Go champion Lee Sedol in the game organized by DeepMind Challenge Championship, which was played at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul.

Google’s AI program made the game so challenging that Sedol ended up claiming the match as the most difficult game he had ever played in his entire career.

Since then, AlphaGo is sitting proudly on the throne as one of the most powerful AI programs to have ever defeated a human champion. But, it seems Google’s AI program will soon have to start brushing up its skill in order to brace itself for yet another victory.

China Computer Go team is planning to issue a challenge to DeepMind’s 'pride' that earned a remarkable victory against Lee Sedol. The team’s scientists will issue a challenge to Google’s brilliant AI program by the end of this year. The attendees of the Chinese team made this announcement in Beijing at an event 'The Forum for Understanding the AlphaGo War between Man and Machine and Chinese Artificial Intelligence' organized by the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence and Chinese Go Association. The nature of this challenge remains unknown as of now.

Go is a popular game played in countries such as Japan, China, and South Korea. It involves two players moving white and black stones aiming to capture the most territory across a square grid.

Until last year, when AlphaGo brilliantly defeated the European Go Champion, Fan Hui, no one had imagined a program powered by Artificial Intelligence to defeat the best human professional in near future.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, meanwhile on Thursday, visited one of the best training schools for Go in China to develop his understanding of the toughest board game in existence and its country of origin.

Baidu Inc., Chinese internet giant, which is the closest equivalent of Sundar Pichai’s Google, is also working on AI developments. Back in 2014, the company hired Andrew Ng, a former Google engineer, who navigated Google Brain AI efforts of global search engine giant.

Now let’s sit back and watch whether AlphaGo succeeds in keeping its crown intact or not.

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