Board game world champion admits computer may beat him

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - The world's Go champion believes computers eventually will defeat him, but the beauty of the ancient Chinese game that has fascinated humans for thousands of years will remain.

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Professional Go player Lee Sedol said Tuesday that the risk of human error means he may not win his match this week against Google's artificial intelligence machine, AlphaGo. If Lee loses, it will be a historic moment for the AI community, which so far has failed to crack Go.

Lee said that in playing against a machine, the absence of visual cues that human players use to read the reactions and psychology of their opponents puts him in unfamiliar territory.

Still Lee plans to play Go beautifully, something that in his opinion the machine cannot emulate.



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