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:
And more basic information about AlphaGo here:
For those unfamiliar with this ancient game, a 15-min. YouTube tutorial on the basics: