Scientists from the China Computer Go team will issue a
challenge to AlphaGo by the end of 2016, said attendees at an
event in Beijing organized by the Chinese Go Association and the
Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence, according to
the report. It did not elaborate on the nature of the challenge.
The event was 'The Forum for Understanding the AlphaGo War
between Man and Machine and Chinese Artificial Intelligence',
Shanghai Securities News reported on its website.
AlphaGo, developed by Google subsidiary DeepMind, shocked
audiences when it beat South Korean professional Go player Lee
Sedol in Seoul earlier this month.
The program made history last year by becoming the first machine
to beat a human pro player, but 33-year-old Lee, one of the
world's top players, was seen as a much more formidable
Go, most popular in countries such as China, South Korea and
Japan, involves two contestants moving black and white stones
across a square grid, aiming to seize the most territory.
Until AlphaGo's victory last year, experts had not expected an
artificial intelligence program to beat a human professional for
at least a decade.
Also on Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited one of
China's top Go training schools, according to the China Daily.
A spokesman at Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc <GOOGL.O>, said
Pichai was in China to develop his understanding of Go and of
Chinese companies like Baidu Inc <BIDU.O>, the country's nearest
equivalent of Google, are also working on developing AI.
Baidu in 2014 hired former Google engineer Andrew Ng, who had
helmed the U.S. search giant's Google Brain AI efforts.
(Reporting by Paul Carsten)
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