DUBAI – After DeepMind’s AlphaGo beat South Korean world champion Lee Sedol last year in a match of the ancient board game Go, the artificial intelligence will take on top-ranked Chinese player Ke Jie for a five-day tournament starting from May 23.
The formal re-match between the man champion and machine is expected to draw some of the top minds in the field from both Google and around the country.
The 3,000-year-old board game combines strategy and tactics with intuition and cunning, and it was long thought to be one of the toughest challenges for computers.
According to a blog posted by Demis Hassabis, CEO and co-founder of DeepMind, they are going to collaborate with the China Go Association and Chinese Government to bring AlphaGo, China’s top Go players, and leading artificial intelligence experts from Google and China together in Wuzhen.
The summit will feature a variety of game formats involving AlphaGo and top Chinese players, specifically designed to explore the mysteries of the game together. The games will include:
1. “Pair Go” — A game where one Chinese pro will play against another…except they will both have their own AlphaGo teammate, alternating moves, to take the concept of ‘learning together’ quite literally.
2. “Team Go” — A game between AlphaGo and a five-player team consisting of China’s top pro players, working together to test AlphaGo’s creativity and adaptability to their combined style.
3. “Ke Jie vs AlphaGo” — Of course, the centerpiece of the event will be a classic one to one match of three games between AlphaGo and the world’s number one player, Ke Jie, to push AlphaGo to (…perhaps beyond!) its limits.
“Together with some of China’s leading experts in the field, we will explore how AlphaGo has created new knowledge about the oldest of games, and how the technologies behind AlphaGo, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, are bringing solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges into reach,” Hassabis said.