Humans Have One Last Chance for Redemption Against Google's DeepMind

By Chris Mills on at

Google’s DeepMind AI has already played four games of Go against top human Lee Sedol, and the tally is 3-1 to the machines; that's a good result for computer scientists, bad for our betting chances against Skynet.

The four rounds played already don’t leave many questions unanswered: DeepMind’s AlphaGo program already won the 5-game series, showing without doubt that an AI can beat humans at a game of Go; Sedol proved he can beat the computer; and South Korea’s Go federation already awarded AlphaGo a 9-dan rating, the same as Sedol. There's been something for everyone.

All that’s really left to play for is a little bit of honour, and the chance to level the score a little. Going into the contest, Google’s Demis Hassabis put the odds at 50-50, so a 3-2 score would make him look extra-clever. In any case, the entire event is being livestreamed right now from the Four Seasons hotel in Seoul.