- Title: Chinese Go master takes on Google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo
- Date: 23rd May 2017
- Summary: WUZHEN, CHINA (MAY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** ERIC SCHMIDT, CHAIRMAN OF ALPHABET INC, WALKING TO THE STAGE NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN OF ALPHABET INC, ERIC SCHMIDT, SAYING: "Regardless of the outcome of the match, humanity wins. And the reason is that this is not a contest of person and computer, but eventually it will be computer, with person helping. The computer doing very good things and the person doing very good things." CAMERAMAN FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN OF ALPHABET INC, ERIC SCHMIDT, SAYING: "If you think of this as a bigger picture - first, an extraordinary game against an extraordinary player, and an extraordinary team play, and a historical moment for China and for the world - if you think of it as more than that, you think of it as the beginning of human and computer intelligence solving the greatest problems we have ahead of us, that's a great day." CAMERAMAN FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF GOOGLE DEEPMIND, DEMIS HASSABIS, SAYING: "Sometimes people think of these games as man versus machine but actually I disagree. This isn't about man competing with machines but rather using them as tools to explore and discover new knowledge together. We actually think of AlphaGo like the hubble telescope, a tool that we and others can use to examine the unknown universe of the game around us. And if AlphaGo is like a telescope then Ke Jie is the world's best astronomer and we can't wait to see what he discovers with AlphaGo." JOURNALISTS AT NEWS CONFERENCE PEOPLE WALKING TO STAGE SCHMIDT (FAR RIGHT) AND CHINESE GO PLAYER KE JIE (SECOND FROM RIGHT) HOLDING GIANT GO PIECES GO PIECES BEING PLACED ON BOARD KE LEAVING STAGE VARIOUS OF BEGINNING OF GO GAME BEING BROADCASTED ON SCREEN ON STAGE CAMERAMAN FILMING
- Embargoed: 6th June 2017 06:47
- Keywords: science artificial intelligence AlphaGo Go Game Al Program Wuzhen Google Go master Chinese Go Man versus machine
- Location: WUZHEN, CHINA
- City: WUZHEN, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Human Interest / Brights / Odd News,Science
- Reuters ID: LVA0016I24121
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- Story Text: The first of three matches between artificial intelligence programme AlphaGo and Chinese top-ranked Go player Ke Jie began in China on Tuesday (May 23).
Go, most popular in countries such as China, South Korea and Japan, involves two contestants moving black and white stones on a square grid, with the aim of seizing the most territory.
The AlphaGo program, designed by Google subsidiary DeepMind, surprised many and underscored advances in AI when it beat South Korean professional player Lee Sedol, the holder of 18 international titles, in March 2016.
Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt as well as DeepMind's CEO Demis Hassabis emphasised that this match was not about "man versus machine" but showing how man and machine can work together.
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