South Korea's champion, Lee Se-dol, announced that his retirement was due to the power of artificial intelligence. At this point, Go is considered a game that even the most complex computer programs can not reach for years.
The reputation of the historical game Go, known for its complexity, was damaged for the first time in 2016. Google's artificial intelligence company, DeepMind, beat Se-dol 4-1 with the AlphaGo AI system. Although this defeat has attracted worldwide attention, artificial intelligence technology has proved much more powerful and creative than ever before.
Se-dol, who was at the top of the Go players in the world in the late 2000s, thought that he was going to defeat AlphaGo and had lost and apologized to the South Korean people.
In his statement, Lee Se-dol explained the role of artificial intelligence in the decision to retire:
Iyla With the first use of artificial intelligence in the games of Go; I realized that even though I was number one with extraordinary efforts, I was not at the top. Even though I am the first in this field, there is one entity that can not be defeated. "
After the tournament, DeepMind continues to develop artificial intelligence systems for Go. Producing AlphaGo Zero in 2017, the company has taken AlphaGo capabilities to the next level with this new release.
Triumphant artificial intelligence from Lee Se-dol, learning to play Go By studying a dataset of more than 100,000 human games, AlphaGo Zero has developed its skills by playing repeatedly. Using powerful computer systems to play at a very fast speed, AlphaGo Zero was able to handle the previous 100 games from scratch after three days of play.
Although Lee Se-dol has abandoned his professional career, he continues to compete with artificial intelligence during his retirement. In December, Se-dol will play with HanDol, South Korea's artificial intelligence program. Let's just say that HanDol has beaten the top five players in the country so far.