Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo has bested the current worldwide Go champion, Ke Jie, in the first game of a three-part match.
AlphaGo’s prowess at beating human masters of the ancient game has been held up as a demonstration of how computer programs built to think like people can, in some applications, surpass the smarts of mere mortals.
The AI program, developed by Google-owned AI company DeepMind, made headlines last year when it beat Lee Se-dol, one of the top Go masters. It has also been secretly playing and beating some of the world’s best Go players online earlier this year, playing under a pseudonym. While incognito, AlphaGo reportedly beat Ke Jie — a 19-year-old Chinese prodigy — twice.