Google DeepMind s AI system, AlphaGo, has won the first of three matches it is playing against the world’s number one Go player, Ke Jie.
It follows its historical wining against Lee Se-dol last year, described by experts as a breakthrough moment for AI.
In its latest match AI won by just half a point.
Ke Jie described the AI as “like a god of Go players”, while DeepMind co-founder Demis Hassabis thank him for a hardfought match.
Mr Hassabis in a post-match press conference said that it was a such close game, an exciting game and showed how much work Jie put into preparing for this hard match.
“It was interesting for us to see him using moves from AlphaGo’s previous games, and we were intrigued to see how AlphaGo deals with its own strategies used – huge respect to Ke Jie for pushing AlphaGo to its limits.”
He added that the ultimate plan for AlphaGo was a wider deployment “in areas of medicine and science”.