Chinese Engineers Want to Pit Their AI Against AlphaGo

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Earlier this month, Google’s Go-playing AI wiped the floor with the game’s existing world champion. Now, a team of engineers from China plan to challenge AlphaGo with their own artificial intelligence system.


Reuters reports that China’s state-owned Shanghai Securities News announced the idea today. The report explains that the scientists, who are part of the China Computer Go team, will lay down a challenge for Google before the end of the year. It’s not clear what the challenge will be, but presumably it will, you know, involve playing Go.

While the recent showdown between AlphaGo and Lee Sedol took place in South Korea, the board game actually originated in China. It seems fitting, then, that an AI contender from the country might take on Google at the game.


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