intelligence eventually surpassed humans in the ancient Chinese board
game Go as Google's computer program AlphaGo won 3-0 over South Korean
Lee Sedol, the world Go champion in the past 10 years, dashing the
remaining hopes for reversal in a historic five-game match.
AlphaGo, a computer program developed by Google's London-based AI
subsidiary DeepMind, won the third consecutive game in the match with
Lee, one of the greatest Go players who has won 18 world championships
for 21 years of his professional career.
The 33-year-old resigned as the computer program maintained an
unassailable lead for more than four hours in the third match that was
launched at 1 p.m. local time on Saturday at Four Seasons hotel in
Lee's defeat was a shock to the world as Go, known as weiqi in China and
Baduk in South Korea, was viewed as the last game humans can dominate
over machines. The match between Lee and AlphaGo was seen as a
representative game between humans and AI.
Dashing hopes for reversal, AlphaGo took a 3-0 lead in the five-game
match that kicked off on Wednesday and would last until next Tuesday.
The fourth game will be held on Sunday in Seoul.
The AlphaGo's developer will get 1 million U.S. dollars in prize, which
will be donated to charities, regardless of whether Lee wins the two
remaining games or not.