For Facebook, Deepmind’s Victor over Go Champion Lee Sedol is Bittersweet

Yann Lecun

16 March, 2016, USA: When the entire world is amazed by Google’s latest invention, AplhaGo, designed by its DeepMind team, Facebook’s artificial head, Yann Lecun considers it as bittersweet with heavy emphasis on bitter.

In an interesting five match series of Go Championship organised in Seoul, South Korea, AlphaGo had turned on the heat on Go’s top player Lee Seoul and won the series by 4-1. This victory has set a new benchmark for artificial intelligence as with this development, the world is expecting a new turn around in this segment.

LeCun posted a congratulatory message on his Facebook page after DeepMind’s first victory, but it was followed by a passive aggressive challenge after DeepMind’s third win. He quoted in a statement, “Congrats to the DeepMind AlphaGo team for this Grand Slam. Now, can you do it purely through reinforcement learning, without pre-training the convolutional net on recorded games between humans?”

Congrats to the DeepMind AlphaGo team for this Grand Slam.Now, can you do it purely through reinforcement learning, without pre-training the convolutional net on recorded games between humans?

Posted by Yann LeCun on Saturday, March 12, 2016

However, Lee managed to avoid the clean sweep in the series and scored his first victory over AlphaGo in the fourth game. After the fourth game, LeCun wrote, “Let’s not discount the power of human learning too quickly. The successor of AlphaGo should be called BettaGo.”

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook also shared few words after AlphaGo’s third consecutive victory in the series. He stated, “Congrats to the Google DeepMind team on this historic milestone in AI research – a third straight victory over Go grandmaster Lee Sedol. We live in exciting times.”

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