Google’s DeepMind division has created the artificial intelligence-powered AlphaGo which has taken on some of the best players of the ancient Chinese board game Go and has beaten them. It recently took on Ke Jie who is currently ranked as the world’s best player of Go. AlphaGo beat Ke Jie 3-0 at the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, China. Google’s DeepMind division has now confirmed that AlphaGo is retiring from competitive Go.
DeepMind co-founder and co-CEO Demis Hassabis confirmed that AlphaGo will not be participating in any competitive Go matches from now on. He said that this decision was made because AlphaGo’s victory at the summit represented “the highest possible pinnacle for AlphaGo as a competitive program.”
AlphaGo had its first taste of victory against a legendary Go player Lee Se-dol. It defeated him 4-1 in a match that took place in Seoul, South Korea. The scheduled match between AlphaGo and Ke Jie was closely matched as many were impressed by the program’s ability to take on some of the best human players of the complex game.
The team behind AlphaGo is not going to rest on its laurels, though. It’s now going to work on the next set of grand challenges which include developing advanced general algorithms that could one day help scientists as they tackle some of our most complex problems, such as finding new cures for diseases, dramatically reducing energy consumption, or inventing revolutionary new materials,” says Hassabis.
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