Tech Industry

Humans and Google AI to battle it out again over Go

Google's AlphaGo last year took down South Korean Go master Lee Sedol. Next month, it'll take on Chinese champion Ke Jie.

Now Playing: Watch this: Here we 'Go' again: Humans to battle Google AlphaGo AI...
1:17

Ke Jie, at right, knows his way around a Go board. Looking on, in the white shirt, is Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Google

The battle between humans and AI bots isn't over yet. A year ago, Google's AlphaGo AI beat South Korean world champion Lee Sedol in a match of the ancient board game Go, and now it's time for a sequel.

AlphaGo will take on China's best, Go champion Ke Jie, at a five-day AI summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan next month, the company announced Monday.

Go is a 3,000 year-old board game that combines strategy and tactics with intuition and cunning, and it was long thought to be one of the toughest challenges for computers. AlphaGo had previously beaten Ke Jie in the game twice online, and its battle with Sedol proved surprisingly suspenseful and entertaining.

Go isn't the only battlefield in which AI and humans have been clashing. This month, machines are playing humans in Texas Poker in China, with the last match scheduled for today.

Artificial intelligence -- the ability of computers to learn from their experience and think more like humans, rather than simply following a strict set of rules -- has been inserting itself more and more into our daily lives. It's at work behind the scenes in your Google searches, in Facebook's figuring out who's in the photos you post, and increasingly in helping your doctor figure out what ails you. At the same time, it may soon bump many people out of their jobs.

Google will collaborate with the China Go Association and the Chinese government to convene AlphaGo, China's top Go players and leading AI experts from Google and China in Wuzhen at the Future of Go Summit from May 23 to 27.

The summit will feature a variety of game formats that see human players playing with and against their AI counterparts in Go.

Special Reports: CNET's in-depth features in one place.

Technically Literate: Original works of short fiction with unique perspectives on tech, exclusively on CNET.