March 9, 2016By Lance Baily

Google's DeepMind Defeats Legendary Go Player in Historic AI Victory


As innovators in healthcare, its important we consider the future trends of technological advancements that will drive big changes in our industry. Today, a historical milestone in Artificial Intelligence from Google’s DeepMind system, which defeated Legendary Go play Lee Se-dol, in a game which has been called “the most complicated game on the planet”.

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“A huge milestone has just been reached in the field of artificial intelligence: AlphaGo, a program developed by Google’s DeepMind unit, has defeated legendary Go player Lee Se-dol in the first of five historic matches being held in Seoul, South Korea. Lee resigned after about three and a half hours, with 28 minutes and 28 seconds remaining on his clock. The series is the first time a professional 9-dan Go player has taken on a computer, and Lee is competing for a $1 million prize.

Go is an ancient Chinese board game that has long been considered one of the great challenges faced by AI. While computer programs now best the world’s leading human players of games like checkers and chess, the high level of intuition and evaluation required by Go has made it tough for computers to crack. DeepMind’s AlphaGo program is the most advanced effort yet, using a complex system of deep neural networks and machine learning; it beat European champion Fan Hui last year, but Lee Se-dol is another proposition entirely.”

Such AI was not expected for at least another 10 years so this news has huge implications for science and technology.

Read the full Article on the Verge Website

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