AlphaGo Is One Of The Best Go Players Ever, And It's Not Human

In March of 2016, DeepMind's AlphaGo made AI history: it became the first computer program to beat a 9-dan professional Go player (without handicaps). It won 4 out of 5 matches against Lee Sedol, who is one of the top Go players in the world. AlphaGo differs from other game-playing AIs in that it has been trained to differentiate "good" moves from "bad" ones, meaning that it can strategize on the fly during one of the most complex games ever created.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Generally, computers play board games by searching through all the combinations of possible moves. 01:14

  2. Engineers tried to help the AI AlphaGo understand the difference between a good move and a bad move in Go. 01:42

  3. When pitted against Lee Sedol, the top Go player in the world, the AI AlphaGo won four out of five games in March 2016. 02:43

Written by Curiosity Staff March 25, 2016