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Apologetic Lee Se-dol admits to feeling pressure vs. AlphaGo

All News 18:43 March 12, 2016

SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- After losing his third straight Go match against Google's artificial intelligence (AI) program AlphaGo Saturday, South Korean veteran Lee Se-dol said he simply didn't have what it took to win.

"I've never felt this kind of pressure," Lee told reporters after falling to AlphaGo by resignation in 176 moves. "I wasn't good enough to handle that kind of burden. I'd like to apologize (to people). I think they must have had high expectations, but I came out lethargic."

By taking the first three matches, AlphaGo, developed by Google's London-based firm DeepMind, has secured a series victory in the five-game showdown and will take US$1 million in prize money. The two sides will play out the series, with the fourth game scheduled for Sunday and the final for Tuesday.

Lee, who'd predicted a 5-0 or a 4-1 win for himself, admitted he'd "misjudged" AlphaGo's capabilities.

"Looking back, I don't think I would have won the first game even if I went back," he said. "The second game went the way I wanted early on but I missed a lot of opportunities."

Lee said even though he's already lost the series, the results of the next two games could serve as "more accurate" indicators of his abilities.


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