Alpha Go to take on world’s number one Go player in China
April 10, 2017
DeepMind’s Alpha Go AI software will take on China’s top Go players in “The Future of Go Summit” — a five-day festival of Go and artificial intelligence in the game’s birthplace, China, on May 23–27, DeepMind Co-Founder & CEO Demis Hassabis announced today (April 10, 2017).
The summit will feature a variety of game formats involving AlphaGo and top Chinese players, specifically designed to explore the mysteries of the game together, but “the centerpiece of the event will be a classic 1:1 match of three games between AlphaGo and the world’s number one player, Ke Jie, to push AlphaGo to its limits,” Hassabis said.
The festival will also include a forum on the “Future of A.I.” in which leading experts from Google and China will explore “how AlphaGo has created new knowledge about the oldest of games, and how the technologies behind AlphaGo, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are bringing solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges into reach.”
In January 2016, the AlphaGo deep learning computer system was the first computer program to defeat a Go champion, Korean Lee Sudow, shocking many observers of the game and marking a major breakthrough for AI.
DeepMind was founded in London in 2010 and backed by successful tech entrepreneurs. Having been acquired by Google in 2014, it is now part of the Alphabet group.