Chinese go champion begins 2nd game against computer

Posted May 25, 2017

AlphaGo, which on Tuesday used fewer computing resources than during its effort in Seoul, can build on its reputation if it goes on to take Ke Jie in all scheduled games. The 3000-year old board-game Go is seen as a much more complex game than chess since it relies on a certain level of "human intuition".

Hassabis' comments came on Wednesday in Wuzhen, eastern China's Zhejiang province, where AlphaGo scored its first victory in a three-game match against Ke Jie, the world's top Go player, extending the machine's edge over humanity in a contest to redraw the boundaries between human intelligence and the artificial variety.

The victory over the world's top player - which many thought would take decades to achieve - comes after the AI program from Google's DeepMind unit bested South Korean Go professional Lee Sedol in a similar exhibition match previous year.

Google is not ready to play by China's stringent rules of Internet censorship and the Chinese government is not ready to make a concession for this Internet giant.

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Whatever Google's relationship with China, AlphaGo is said to have inspired that nation to up its game on artificial intelligence.

The possible reason for suppressing coverage while allowing Google to organize the event was unclear.

Go fans in China, the birthplace of the game, were confused and frustrated by the unavailability of livestreams of the big game Tuesday. The players take turns putting white or black stones on a rectangular grid with 361 intersections. This is the most complicated human game present on earth today as there are infinite number of possible positions.

The reports were brief, even though Ke's post-game news conference was packed with scores of reporters, and none mentioned Google.

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He added that AlphaGo was a "wonderful player" and "completely different" from previous year.

Schmidt's tone was markedly different from 2010, when Google declared it was pulling out of the country because it would no longer self-censor content for Chinese users - something Beijing requires of all media to maintain stability.

China has the world's biggest population of internet users, with some 730 million people online by the end of a year ago, according to government data.

Web surfers can get around online filters using virtual private networks, but Beijing has cracked down on use of those.

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