AlphaGo team members sit in a press room for the Google DeepMind Challenge Match at a hotel in Seoul. (Photo : Getty Images)
This coming May 23-27, AlphaGo is set to compete against top Chinese players, including the world's leading Go gamer, Ke Jie.
According to an announcement made by Google, the developer of the artificial intelligence (AI) program, the match dubbed "The Future of Go Summit" will be held in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province.
The AlphaGo-vs-top-Chinese-players event will be organized by the China Go Association, Google and Zhejiang Province's Sports Bureau.
A report by China Daily said that Ke, together with other premier Go players in the country, will be playing a three-round showdown against AlphaGo.
"It's my honor to be chosen as the representative of human beings to play against AlphaGo. I will do my best to win the game," Ke shared, further emphasizing that "AI will bring good to people's lives in various aspects in the future."
The AI program developed by tech giant Google capable of playing Go against humans gained international recognition last year. In March 2016, it emerged victorious over South Korean Go master Lee Se-dol in a five-round showdown with a score of 4-1.
Go is a game that originated from ancient China where two players are taking turns to place back and white stones on a 19-by-19 board. The winner is determined by whoever gained the majority of control of the territory on the grid. This could be achieved by surrounding the pieces of one's opponents with their own.
Google has earlier revealed that AlphaGo was the secret player who competed against several top-notch Go players on two of China's online board-game portals.
As of Jan. 4 this year, AlphaGo has already tallied 60 wins and no losses. Ke was one of the losers in the previous matches.
"If I were not in [a] hospital, I would have used the one last move I prepared for a week. It's a little shame," the 19-year-old Go player posted on his Weibo account after learning that he lost to an AI system.