AlphaGo Losses, For The First Time, To Legendary Go Player Lee Se-dol!

AlphaGo Losses, For The First Time, To Legendary Go Player Lee Se-dol!
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Faith in humanity – restored! Not all humans are perfect. Apparently, so are machines as was seen on the latest Go match between legendary Lee Se-dol and Google’s AlphaGo. The match of five has just finished with the fourth game of the series.


Earlier last week we reported that a game of Go was started between Lee and Google DeepMind’s AI creation where the 9-dan go professional lost twice in a row following games that was held on March 9 and March 10. In both games, the world was left stunned and surprised. Even Lee was astounded and has even said that he was not expecting AlphaGo to play in such manner of perfection.

DeepMind’s co-founder, Demis Hassabis, was seen surprised and proud like a parent would of his child’s achievement, but also praising Lee on his game skills. Both players were given time to rest before the third game, which was then set for Saturday, March 12.

The world held its breath and was torn between anticipation and resignation. Part of the crowd was hoping for a comeback or a restoration of humanity’s pride while part of them was already sadly predicting the win for the Google’s AI program. And sad as it seems, the machine won again making the match wins of 3 out of the 5 games set between the competitors reports Digital Trends.

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Venture Beat has reported that after the lost Lee has expressed his regret and apologies. During the press conference following that third game, Lee said that he doesn’t know how to start or what to say during the conference, but he thinks he should express his apologies first.

Lee said that he should have shown better results, a better outcome, and better content in terms of the game played, and he apologizes for not being able to satisfy a lot of people’s expectations. Lee said that he “kind of felt powerless.”

He also adds at the end of his speech that “since I lost the third match, there is now a clear winner. However, when it comes to human beings, there is a psychological aspect that one has to also think about. So as I play the fourth and fifth match, I do ask that you continue to show interest and follow what happens.”

And yes, despite the obvious win for Google’s AI, the game continued this Sunday for the fourth game of the series. The game was worth watching as Re/code reports that Lee has finally bested DeepMind’s program in the ancient game that scientists has been using to tests their machine learning technology .

The same report also mentions about Hassabis’ tweet during the match about the AI program getting confused and not managing to realize its mistake until after making about ten moves later. With that tweet in mind, one can say that the AI is still as human as can be.

Meanwhile, after the match ended, Lee arrived at the after game presscon to a rapturous applause, reports The Verge. Lee on his part said that he has never been congratulated that much for winning just one game. This one win has made him feel that this it was more valuable than his previous losses to the AI program.

Following the match, Hassabis has said “Lee Se-dol is an incredible player and he was too strong for AlphaGo today. The co-founder also said that “For us, this loss is very valuable. We’re not sure what happened yet,” however the defeat of their program will help DeepMind test the limits of their AI.

Also Read: AlphaGo, Google AI Program Defeats Go Legend Lee Se-dol For The Second Time

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