November 29, 2022

Lee Se-dol, proper, stated he was impressed by the machine-like conduct of a Google programmer Aja Huang, left, who positioned stones for AlphaGo. (Yonhap)

SEOUL (Yonhap) — South Korean Go grasp Lee Se-dol stated Wednesday he was impressed by the machine-like conduct of a Google programmer who was putting stones for the synthetic intelligence (AI) program AlphaGo throughout the historic man-versus-computer match.

Lee left for a trip on Jeju Island together with his spouse and daughter earlier within the day after enjoying the five-round Go occasion in opposition to AlphaGo, the AI developed by Google’s London-based agency DeepMind. The match, named the Google DeepMind Problem Match, ended on Tuesday with a closing rating of 4-1 in AlphaGo’s favor.

Lee, knowledgeable ninth-dan participant with 18 worldwide titles, collected his solely victory in opposition to the human-like algorithm Sunday.

For the landmark showdown performed at a Seoul lodge, Lee stated Aja Huang, a Google DeepMind programmer and newbie 6-dan Go participant who was putting stones on the board after watching AlphaGo’s strikes on the monitor, was one of many prime contributors to creating the matches attention-grabbing.

“I feel he was one of the crucial hard-worked folks within the match,” Lee informed Yonhap Information Company at Gimpo Worldwide Airport in Seoul earlier than departing to Jeju Island. “All through the match, he had no change of facial features and by no means went to the restroom.”

South Korean Go master Lee Se-dol, right, and his family head to a boarding gate at Gimpo International Airport in western Seoul on March 16, 2016, to board a Jeju-bound plane for a family trip on the southernmost resort island. Lee concluded his landmark, five-match showdown with Google's artificial intelligence system AlphaGo with a 4-1 loss the previous day. (Yonhap)

South Korean Go grasp Lee Se-dol, proper, and his household head to a boarding gate at Gimpo Worldwide Airport in western Seoul on March 16, 2016, to board a Jeju-bound airplane for a household journey on the southernmost resort island. Lee concluded his landmark, five-match showdown with Google’s synthetic intelligence system AlphaGo with a 4-1 loss the day gone by. (Yonhap)

Lee, nonetheless, stated that Huang’s impassive conduct didn’t have an effect on his sport. The 33-year-old stated the Google researcher is a “good man,” making an attempt to not distract him from the sport.

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“I feel he was simply making an attempt to maintain his manners,” Lee stated. “He not solely didn’t go to the restroom, but in addition didn’t drink water.”

Lee, who introduced a cup of espresso and went to the restroom on a number of events throughout the match, stated he at one level felt that Huang may very well be AlphaGo itself.

“I did have a sense that he may very well be the primary physique of AlphaGo,” Lee stated with fun. “This match was a matchup between the AlphaGo-Aja Huang crew and Lee Se-dol, a two versus one sport.”

In line with Lee’s spouse Kim Hyun-jin, her husband even talked about the Google researcher’s title in his sleep.

“I attempted to wake him (Lee) up for breakfast, however he stated he’ll eat with Aja Huang,” she stated.

Lee, who stated he can’t bear in mind what he dreamed final evening, stated he’ll keep in Jeju Island for a couple of week together with his household. Lee’s spouse and daughter have been dwelling in Canada, however got here to South Korea on March 6 to assist their breadwinner. Final Saturday was Lee and his spouse’s tenth wedding ceremony anniversary, however the Go grasp needed to maintain off on celebrating due to the match with AlphaGo.