World Go Champion Says Google’s Go-Playing AI is “Improving Too Fast”

It’s a really good thing few people make a living playing Go, because Google’s AlphaGo just stomped the best player in the world, in no small part because it’s been getting better at a remarkable rate.

Mr. Ke, who smiled and shook his head as AlphaGo finished out the game, said afterward that his was a “bitter smile.” After he finishes this week’s match, he said, he would focus more on playing against human opponents, noting that the gap between humans and computers was becoming too great. He would treat the software more as a teacher, he said, to get inspiration and new ideas about moves.

“AlphaGo is improving too fast,” he said in a news conference after the game. “AlphaGo is like a different player this year compared to last year.”

How good has AlphaGo gotten?

“Last year, it was still quite humanlike when it played,” said Mr. Ke after the game. “But this year, it became like a god of Go.”

Not scary at all.

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