Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo AI brainiac defeated human Go champion Lee Se-dol on Wednesday in the first of five matches in Seoul, South Korea.
Go is an ancient Chinese board game that is seen as more difficult than chess for a computer to master because of the sheer number of options open at each step. Go is played on a 19-by-19 grid while a chess board is 8-by-8.
That win, along with the victory of IBM’s ibmDeep Blue computer over chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov in 1997, show the scope of artificial intelligence, or machine learning. This technology enables computers to learn by ingesting a ton of information and from their own experience.