Google's AlphaGo has beaten the world's best Go player in another victory for AI
Google's artificial intelligence AlphaGo has scored another victory on the world stage, this time defeating world champion Go player Ke Jie at his own game - twice.
The first game featured the narrowest of victories for AlphaGo, winning by just 0.5 points with Jie executing AlphaGo's own moves on itself to try and best the AI. This, however, was beaten by moves that sought to amplify the effectiveness of every single piece and not just to seek territorial gain. The low margin of victory has not been much of a talking point as AlphaGo has been programmed to just secure victory, not run up the score or humiliate its opponents.
Despite Jie playing "perfectly" in the opening stages of the second match, the computer secured victory by forcing the Chinese master to concede.
"I'm putting my hand on my chest because I thought I had a chance," Jie said in the post-match press conference. "I thought that around the middle of the game, I was very close to winning but AlphaGo might have been thinking something else. I was very excited, I could feel my heart thumping!"
Jie said he was "shocked" by some of the moves that the AI pulled off, stated that they "would never have happened in a human-to-human match."
AlphaGo's signature moves are ones that have fallen out of favour with current Go players, but Jie attempt to resurrect some of these and try and beat AlphaGo using its own favoured moves.
DeepMind created AlphaGo in 2014 before being acquired by Google later that same year for $500m, and the British-based company believes that the technology behind the machine can help to impact positively on everyday life to "make the world a better place."
Searching for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology
The search is on for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology 2021 – nominated by readers of Technology magazine and open to all.
The initiative has been launched and nominations are now open, with the final, prestigious Top 100 due to be announced during Technology and AI LIVE running 14-16 September, beamed from London to the world.
This latest, definitive list of the leading executives and influencers in the industry will be announced at the event and shared across social media channels, this website, and presented in a special supplement that honours all of those named in our annual list.
The Top 100 Leaders follows on from the well-received Top 100 Women in Technology that BizClik Media Group (BMG) – publishers of Technology magazine, AI magazine and a growing portfolio of industry-leading titles – produced in March this year to coincide with International Women’s Day.
“The Top 100 Women recognised the incredible and influential women driving our industry,” says Scott Birch, editorial director, BMG. “The success of that initiative encouraged us to recognise the Top 100 Leaders – individuals championing everything that we love about technology and embracing best practice that’s good for business.”
Nominations are already coming in, with some notable highlights including:
Rhonda Vetere - Herbalife
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