(updated March 15th, 2016) I loved the game of Go and played many many games in my high school years. And as a computer scientist, I am still shocked and surprised of AlphaGo defeating grand master Lee Sedol (李世乭) 4-1 in a five matches series. As I hoped, Lee managed to at least won one game in the series.
(updated March 18th, 2016) The following are some news, video clips, and commentaries.
- [Guardian] AlphaGo seals 4-1 victory over Go grandmaster Lee Sedol
- [WSJ] AlphaGo Software Storms Back to Beat Human in Final Game – After three straight losses, South Korean Go champion Lee Se-dol grabbed a victory from the artificial intelligence in the fourth game, but could not repeat the feat
- [The Verge] AlphaGo’s battle with Lee Se-dol is something I’ll never forget
- [CTV] Game not over? Human Go champ says computer not superior despite its win
- [UT News] Behind the scenes at GoogleMind Challenge Match: AlphaGo versus Lee Se-dol – PhD student Chris Maddison reports from South Korea
- [IEEE Spectrum] Why AlphaGo Is Not AI
The following are some Match 1 news and video clips (including the full match livestreamed video).
- [Guardian] Google’s AlphaGo AI defeats human in first game of Go contest (with video of post-match news conference)
- [UK Mail] It’s 1-0 to AlphaGo! Google’s DeepMind computer BEATS human champion Lee Sedol in the first of five battles
- [Go Game Guru] AlphaGo defeats Lee Sedol in first game of historic man vs machine match (with excellent stone by stone moves at the end of the article) [HT American Go Association]
- Post-match comment, Lee Sedol: “I am in shock… But I am looking forward to tomorrow” and pix: here, here, and here.
- Tech References re Computer Go: AlphaGo‘s Nature article (payment required).
March 10th, Arirang English news report of match two from Korea (start 15m29s)
March 10th (interview done after match one), “DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis on how AI will shape the future”
Note: For the record. News video from Mar 5, 2016 “Korean grandmaster confident about upcoming Go match with AlphaGO” Note that Lee predicted he wins 5-0 or 4-1. Well, so far Lee lost 2-0, I am afraid AlphaGo may win 5-0 or 4-1. Will see.
Update March 13, 2016:
Excellent commentary [Go Game Guru] Lee Sedol defeats AlphaGo in masterful comeback – Game 4
P.S. I started following the following people on Facebook and Twitter.
Demis Hassabis (wiki, twitter) is founder & CEO of Google DeepMind (wiki, twitter, YouTube). During Match 5, Demis was very frank in posting this during the match, “#AlphaGo made a bad mistake early in the game (it didnt know a known tesuji) but now it is trying hard to claw it back… nail-biting.”
Yann LeCun (wiki, FB) is director of AI Research at Facebook. He posted his thoughts here, here, herehere, and bad jokes here on Facebook. [via Gizmodo “Facebook Nerd Throws Heavy Shade at Google Over AlphaGo Victories“]