Googles AlphaGo AI has once again made the case that machines arenow smarter than man when it comes to games of strategy, at least.
AlphaGo made its name last year when it defeated high-profile Go player Lee Sedol 4-1, but now it has beatenthe worldsbest player of Go, the hugely complex ancient strategy game. Today, it won againstGo world championKe Jie to clincha second, decisive win of a three-part series that is taking place in China this week.
19-year-oldKe Jie narrowly lost the first tie, but this time AlphaGo forced its Chinese opponent into conceding. Thats despite Ke Jie playing perfectly at the beginning of the tie, according to AlphaGos analysis.
Theres still another game to be played, but, irrespective of that result, AlphaGo has defeated the man universally acknowledged to be the best player of mans most complicated strategy game. Thats another milestone to chalk up even though theres been plenty of controversy because the live-streamcant be viewed in China.
#AlphaGo wins game 2. What an amazing and complex game! Ke Jie pushed AlphaGo right to the limit.
Demis Hassabis (@demishassabis) May 25, 2017
AlphaGo was created by London-based DeepMind, which wasacquired by Google for around $500 million in 2014. Beyond winning showcase matches with the worlds top Go players,DeepMindbelieves its technologyhas practical and everyday uses that cansolve intelligence and make the world a better place.
Things havent gone to panned out that wayjust yet. Instead, DeepMind has been mired by controversy. A data-sharing partnership with the UKs National Health Service, initially heraldedas having the potential to optimizemedical care to reduce the number of preventable deaths, was recently ruled to have no lawful basis.
Critics have seized onthe data transfer of 1.6 million patients medical records to the Google-owned companyas part of the project.The arrangement remainsunder investigation by the UKs data protection watchdog, the ICO.