The Google artificial intelligence program AlphaGo beat the top-ranked Chinese Go player, Ke Jie, in Wuzhen, China, in the first game of a three-game match. Wu Hong/European Pressphoto Agency
Going Up Against AlphaGo
by Pui-Wing Tam
Last year, a Google computer program known as DeepMind's AlphaGo beat one of the world's top players in the game of Go, a two-player board game that originated in China more than 2,000 years earlier. The event made headlines the world over, including in The New York Times, as a sign of the increasing strength of artificial intelligence versus human brainpower.
On Tuesday, AlphaGo was at it again.
This time, the Google artificial intelligence program took on the top-ranked Chinese Go player, Ke Jie, in Wuzhen, China, as part of a three-game match. AlphaGo was victorious in the first game, writes Paul Mozur, a New York Times technology reporter, causing Mr. Ke to call the program "like a god of Go." The next two games of the series are scheduled for Thursday and Saturday.
At this stage, artificial intelligence in all its forms is inevitable. It's evident in speech recognition and image recognition software. It's tangible in Amazon's Echo speakers when the smart assistant Alexa speaks to you. It's on some streets in the form of self-driving cars. All use A.I. as part of their underlying technologies.
Think of AlphaGo's wins as a marker of this march of A.I. The program's Go matches are a reminder to many of us who don't follow all the advances day to day of just how much progress artificial intelligence is making each year. AlphaGo forced human Go players to change how they play the game. Even so, the humans have not been able to keep up.
"AlphaGo is improving too fast," Mr. Ke said in a news conference after the first game. "AlphaGo is like a different player this year compared to last year."
Ke Jie lost the first two matches of a three-match series against the Google artificial intelligence program AlphaGo. China Network/Reuters
Bested by an Anxiety-Free Computer
by Pui-Wing Tam
Once again, artificial intelligence triumphed over man.
In the second match of a three-game series on Thursday, Google's DeepMind AlphaGo program beat the 19-year-old Chinese prodigy Ke Jie in the strategy board game Go. AlphaGo won the first game earlier in the week; the final game is scheduled for Saturday.
But as Paul Mozur, a New York Times technology reporter, notes, AlphaGo has already proved its superiority by taking two out of three games. And AlphaGo won a four-to-one victory last year against another top Go player, South Korea's Lee Se-dol.
Plain old emotion might have derailed Mr. Ke, the Go player said afterward. AlphaGo, in contrast, has no anxiety and no nerves.
On the other hand, one of AlphaGo's creators, Demis Hassabis, who is a founder and the chief executive of DeepMind, expressed a range of emotions throughout the match, posting on Twitter about how "cool" and "incredible" the game was.
Fuente: New York Times