Saturday, March 12, 2016

AlphaGo 3-0 (vs Lee Sedol)

AlphaGo sealed the match against Lee Sedol with a third straight win.  Wow.  YouTube link to the game

Is this the end of humans competing with computers in Go?  Not exactly.  I just read a great reddit post about Chess after Garry Kasparov vs. Deep Blue in 1997.   Humans certainly didn't give up and only six years later, Kasparov drew against a more powerful Deep Junior.

I expect that humans will get more used to playing computer opponents and perhaps tip the scales back.  As more games with strong computer players are played, the new strategies can be studied and humans can adapt to them.

It'll be interesting to see how that plays out.  The next two games between AlphaGo and Lee might be indicative of how quickly humans can adapt to the new Go gamescape.

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