Google’s AlphaGo seals a historical 4 – 1 victory over Board Game Champion Lee Sedol

For those that have been following the Go Ultimate Challenge between Google’s AI, AlphaGo and World Champ, Lee Sedol, the game has definitely come to an end with a 4 – 1 victory in favor of the Googel’s AI.

Google’s Go-playing computer program already claimed its victory on Saturday when it sealed a hat trick by beating 33 year old, world Go Board Champion Lee Sedol.

DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis tweeted saying, “One of the most incredible games ever,” “To come back from the initial big mistake against Lee Sedol was mind-blowing!!!”

“I feel sorry because I lost and because the challenge match came to an end,” said Lee after the match. “I think it showed the lack of skills in my part.”

Lee adds, “Thanking all the people who cheered for him and he says he will show a more advanced Lee Sedol in th future.”

Go, most popular in countries such as China, South Korea and Japan, involves two contestants moving black and white stones on a square grid, with the aim of seizing the most territory.

The game is perfect for AI researchers because there are simply too many moves for a machine to win by brute-force calculations, which is how IBM’s Deep Blue famously beat former world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997.[related-posts]

With AlphaGo’s victory, Google DeepMind will donate the UDS$1 million in prize money to UNICEF, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) charities, and Go organizations.

Here are the results and final board position from Game 4:

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