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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Man v. Machine, Garry v. Gary

Today, LEE Se-dol lost to Google DeepMind's AlphaGo the first game of their man-vs-machine series held at the Four Seasons Seoul. Even the background color was Deep Blue (sorry Garry Kasparov for rubbing it in).

AlphaGo (white stones) Lee Sedol (black stones) live on @YouTube (rolling stones)
Meanwhile, Kim Jong-un is pushing his grey stone on the board game
As far as victories go, this one was much more predictable than the one of Bernie Sanders in Michigan. And as far as go victories go, AlphaGo already defeated a master last January. Even if Korea sent her most creative and disruptive player, singularity is still not for tomorrow (see on my innovation blog ""Fourth Industrial Revolution" passed Go, but singularity not yet a stone's throw away"). For the moment, to paraphrase Gary Linecker, "go is a simple game: men and machines chase stones for a few hours and at the end, Google always win".

So just to be on the safe side, don't forget to check every now and then your Google and Facebook settings.

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