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Alphabet Machine Beats World's Top Go Player in a Victory for AI

  • AlphaGo scores convincing victories over Chinese prodigy
  • The quick final win is a demonstration of AI’s potential

A machine built by Alphabet Inc. has officially defeated the world’s top-ranked player of the ancient board-game Go, a decisive demonstration of artificial intelligence’s ability to master some of the most complex human endeavors.

AlphaGo bested Ke Jie, a 19-year-old Chinese prodigy who boasted a year ago that the AI could never beat him at a game he’s played professionally since the age of 10. But on Thursday, the world No. 1 lost his second match in a three-game series in the tourist town of Wuzhen, China.