Ke Jie is expected to face off the mighty AlphaGo yet again in the second game, which is scheduled to kick off on Thursday (Wednesday evening in the US) in Wuzhen, China.
Spectators watch the world's top-ranked Go player, Ke Jie, square off against Google's artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, during the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, China, on Tuesday. This is also why experts thought having an AI win at Go was going to take at least another decade, before AlphaGo was created.
On the eve of the much-anticipated game, world-title holder Ke posted on his Weibo account: "No matter win or lose, this will be my final contest with AI". During the competition, Ke looked as if he was feeling a mounting pressure, with strong expressions and fidgeting, when pondering his next moves against AlphaGo. Another Friday exhibition match will pit AlphaGo against five top players, all working together to defeat it.
A year after AlphaGo defeated Lee Sedol, an 18-time world champion at Go, the AI faced Ke Jie, who is now considered the world's best Go player.
Hassabis then quotes Zhou Ruiyang, a professional Go player: "AlphaGo's play makes us feel free, that no move is impossible".
Hassabis of DeepMind spoke in a greeting before the match about the broad applicability of the AI technology powering AlphaGo.
It follows its historic win against Lee Se-dol a year ago, described by experts as a breakthrough moment for AI.
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A computer defeated China's top player of the ancient board game go on Tuesday in the latest test of whether artificial intelligence can master one of the last games that machines have yet to dominate. The first, Pair Go, will see two Chinese pros face off against each other alongside an AlphaGo teammate: since Go strategy requires enormous foresight and strategy, the helping hand could be more of a hindrance in practice for both human and computer, removing their abilities to plan ahead.
With a newly upgraded version of AlphaGo bettered by reinforcement learning, DeepMind's founder Demis Hassabis hopes Ke to help discover potential weaknesses of the program.
Although AlphaGo and Lee Sedol played five Go matches against each other, there will be only three matches between the AI and Ke Jie this time around.
It faced off against 19-year old Kie Jie, who is the current human world champion of Go, a strategy game similar to chess that requires players to place black or white stones on a board and capture the opponent's pieces or surround empty spaces to build territories.
The AI won by just half a point - the smallest possible margin of victory - in a match that lasted four hours and fifteen minutes. Aside from the foray in Go, the AlphaGo program is entering healthcare next, playing an active role in the research and treatment of complicated diseases including diabetes and cancer, said Shi Bomeng, President of Google China.
AlphaGo "is after all a cold machine, and I can not see its passion and its enthusiasm" for the game, he said.