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How a human Go champion finally beat Google's artificial intelligence machine

How a human Go champion finally beat Google's artificial intelligence machine

It took four tries, but the world's top-ranked Go player finally scored a win over Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo on Sunday, putting a dent in the artificial intelligence program’s surprising dominance in the ancient East Asian board game.

Lee Sedol and AlphaGo have been facing off in a five-game match in Seoul. In a shock to most observers of Go, AlphaGo won the first three games rather handily, claiming the match and marking a milestone in the history of artificial intelligence. Until the development of AlphaGo, computer programs had been unable to master Go, which is far more complex than chess or checkers.

Despite AlphaGo’s...

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