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Will a human beat AlphaGo in 2017?

The game of Go originated in China over 2,500 years ago. While similar to chess in many ways, Go is much more minimalist in its ruleset and more esoteric in strategy. The aspect of pattern recognition and the huge state space of possible moves in Go (vastly greater than chess) has traditionally challenged computers, and has made it an excellent metric for the capabilities of artifical intelligence.

The last several years have seen stunning advances by artificial Go contestants. Google's AlphaGo program has seen particular success. After sealing a stunning 4-1 victory over Go grandmaster Lee Sedol, an updated version of Alphago, playing in online forums using the account name 'Master', has swept through the Go field, defeating nearly all of the world’s top players in the course of 60 online matches without registering a single loss.

Will a human Go player beat AlphaGo (or one of its publicly revealed aliases) in one or more single tournament games, based on the currently established Go rules, during 2017?


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