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S. Korean Go player 'surprised' after losing to computer

All News 17:58 March 09, 2016

SEOUL, March 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Go player Lee Se-dol admitted to feeling "shocked" after losing the first match of the five-game showdown against computer on Wednesday.

"I didn't think I'd lose, and I was quite surprised," Lee told a press conference in Seoul after succumbing to Google's artificial intelligence (AI) program, AlphaGo.

Lee, letting out a resigned laugh, said he made mistakes early on and failed to recover.

The 33-year-old ninth-dan player, who's been professional for more than two decades, paid "deep respect" to Demis Hassabis, the CEO of Google's London-based AI company DeepMind, which developed AlphaGo.

Lee will get his crack at a victory Thursday. He and AlphaGo will go head-to-head on Saturday, Sunday and finally next Tuesday.


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