The world's top Go player Lee Sedol and Demis Hassabis, the developer of AlphaGO, pose for photographs with the go board used for the Google DeepMind Challenge Match in Seoul, South Korea, on March 15, 2016. REUTERS
AlphaGo defeated Lee Sedol — who is perhaps the world’s top Go player — by a match score of 4-1 last week, Google’s DeepMind division showed that artificial intelligence (AI) is beginning to deliver on some of its promises. Go is an Asian board game far more complex than chess, and it has been viewed as the last great game challenge for AI. When DeepMind set out to conquer Go, some people thought the project would take 10 years. In fact, it only took the team about one year.