AlphaGo goes Pro?

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Jan 272016
 

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Google Deepmind‘s AlphaGo has beaten Fan Hui 5-0. It seems they’re not done yet though, as they have issued a challenge to Lee Sedol for a match in March.

The BGA have posted a writeup with links to news posts and videos on Nature.
The AGA has an article which includes the game records.
Discover have a blog entry on why we should be playing poker instead.
And of course, Google themselves have provided some context.

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The IGA has posted a video of RTE’s coverage, including guest appearances by two of the local Dublin players. Sure, ye’re famous now lads!

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Cian recommended a synopsis of Myungwan Kim 9p’s analysis of the games on reddit

Earliest Surviving Go Manual

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Oct 192008
 

Attention was drawn to a fascinating artifact by a recent article in the AGEJ.

BRITS STUDY ANCIENT GO DOCUMENT: A 1200-year-old manuscript containing go proverbs and other instructions is being studied and conserved at the British Museum, with the help of The Zen Machine, a British group headed by Peter Wendes. The manuscript, thought to be the oldest surviving go manual, was discovered in 1900 among 40,000 similar scrolls in a cave near Dunhuang, a city of about 150,000 people in northwestern China. Located near the junction of the northern and southern Silk Roads, Dunhuang was an important military stronghold and center of exchange between East and West more than 2000 years ago. Buddhist monks constructed nearly 500 temples, the nearby Mogao Caves, and began collecting manuscripts from travelers. In 1900, a self-appointed guardian of these temples discovered a huge collection of artifacts in a walled-off section of one of these caves, and sold them to Hungarian archaeologist Aurel Stein for just 220 pounds and many of those manuscripts — including this one — wound up at the British Museum. According to Wendes, the manuscript, which measures about 6″ wide and 96″ long, has never been translated. If you can help, contact him at the Zen Machine.
by Roy Laird in American Go E-Journal Volume 9, #53: October 13, 2008