- Title: Chinese Go master loses first game with Google's AlphaGo
- Date: 23rd May 2017
- Summary: ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** MEDIA SCREEN SHOWING REFEREE ANNOUNCING THE RESULT VARIOUS OF SCREEN SHOWING THE RESULT OF FIRST GAME BETWEEN KE JIE AND GOOGLE'S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE GROGRAM ALPHAGO KE SITTING DEEPMIND CEO, DEMIS HASSABIS, WALKING ONTO STAGE AND TAKING SEAT (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE GO PLAYER, KE JIE, SAYING: "If Alphago were as a human being, then it would have been totally a different person, in playing Go today compared with last year. Regarding the first game it played, I think the way AlphaGo plays is pretty close to a human being, but now I think he plays like the God of Go from my understanding. It can play so well. I hope I will try my best to play every match, including the following matches." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEEPMIND CEO, DEMIS HASSABIS, SAYING: "You know, obviously, the version AlphaGo initially learns from human games and then does most of its learning now from its own play against itself... But of course to truly test what it knows, we have to play against human experts because we don't know playing game against itself, it's not going to expose its own weaknesses because it will obviously fix those during the self play. So we really have to test it against the world's best players." CAMERAMAN (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE GO PLAYER, KE JIE, SAYING: "I think I prefer to play Go with human's, because in future, AlphaGo or other programs will keep progressing. The gap between us will be bigger and bigger and we have less and less chance to win. It will be infinitely close to zero in the end. So I feel painful to play Go like this. I cannot win even one game. My winning percentage with humans looks fine." MEDIA KE SHAKING HANDS WITH HASSABIS KE LEAVING STAGE
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- Keywords: Eric Schmidt AI Google AlphaGo Ke Jie gaming
- Location: WUZHEN, CHINA
- City: WUZHEN, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News,Video Games
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A Google artificial intelligence program defeated a Chinese grand master at the ancient board game Go on Tuesday (May 23), a major feather in the cap for the firm's AI ambitions.
In the first of three planned games in the eastern water town of Wuzhen, the AlphaGo program held off China's world number one Ke Jie in front of Chinese officials and Google parent Alphabet's chief executive Eric Schmidt.
The victory over the world's top player - which many thought would take decades to achieve - underlines the potential of artificial intelligence to take on humans at complex tasks.
Ke commented that AlphaGo is now the "God of Go" games but he still prefers to play with human players as he has a better chance of winning.
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