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The top-ranked Go player in the world will soon take on Google's artificial intelligence software. Luis de Bethencourt/Flickr
By The Numbers

The next man vs. machine game is a Go

Marketplace Staff Feb 5, 2016
The top-ranked Go player in the world will soon take on Google's artificial intelligence software. Luis de Bethencourt/Flickr
151,000

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1.7 million

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52

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That’s how many games Lee Sedol, the world’s highest ranked Go player, will play against Google’s artificial intelligence software known as AlphaGo. Just last week, French Go champion Fan Hui was taken down by the software. As BBC Tech writes, the public is often fascinated by the man versus machine narrative, with IBM’s Deep Blue beating Garry Kasparov being a major headline of yesteryear — think of this as the latest in man versus AI.

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