(AMS Bumper Sticker)



Web math-frolic.blogspot.com

Friday, March 11, 2016

Prepare To Submit...



...to our Google Masters (perhaps):

I've never played "Go" in my life, but that hasn't stopped me from finding the current Man vs. Machine story of a human grand champion vs. Google's AlphaGo program fascinating... fascinating specifically, of course, because Google's AI program has already won the first 2 matches (as of this moment), of a game far more complex than chess, and needs only win one more to take the best-of-5 series (it could all be over later today -- ADDENDUM: AlphaGo won the 3rd match to take the series); much to the shock of the loser, 18-time world champion, grandmaster Lee Sedol (not to mention 1000s observing the matchup).

First, driverless cars, now a world champion level Go player; how much longer can it be before a Google computer proves the Riemann Hypothesis? ;-)

Anyway, read up on the remarkable milestone matchup to date:

http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/10/11191184/lee-sedol-alphago-go-deepmind-google-match-2-result

http://tinyurl.com/jumz53c  (Slate)

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21694540-win-or-lose-best-five-battle-contest-another-milestone

And more basic information about AlphaGo here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaGo

https://deepmind.com/alpha-go.html

For those unfamiliar with this ancient game, a 15-min. YouTube tutorial on the basics:





No comments: