After a close final match, Google's AlphaGo has defeated world champion Lee Se-dol in Google DeepMind's Go tournament. This leaves the final tournament score at 4-1 in favor of AlphaGo. The overall outcome was decided during the third match, when AlphaGo won the three required matches consecutively. However, all five games were set to be played.
Of all the people to offer congratulations in the wake of Google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo winning its third victory in the board game Go last night, over human world champion Lee Se-dol (thereby ensuring the A.I.'s victory in the five-game series, no matter the outcome of the remaining two games), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg might not be the first to come to mind.
Tonight begins the first in a series of historical showdowns: an artificial intelligence program known as AlphaGo, created by Google's DeepMind group, will face the human world champion Lee Se-dol in five matches of Go, an ancient and notoriously challenging Chinese board game. Those matches will be streamed live, and you can watch them Popular Scienceright here on .