Korean Go body to ban smartphones thanks to Google's AI
Korean Go physique 

South Korean Go gamers might be banned from utilizing smartphones throughout official tournaments sooner or later, and it is all because of Google’s AlphaGo AI. The Korea Times studies that the Korea Baduk Affiliation — baduk being the native identify for Go — is presently drafting new guidelines that can outlaw smartphone use in matches. Whereas the group is absolutely conscious you may’t carry AlphaGo round in your pocket in the intervening time, it is preempting a time when sure AI instruments that can provide gamers a aggressive edge do develop into out there on smartphones.

It could appear unusual that smartphone use is permitted in official Go competitions because it stands, however then there’s mainly no precedent for digital instruments being of any assist to skilled gamers. Although IBM’s Deep Blue chess pc beat world champ Garry Kasparov in 1997, the variety of variables and strategic complexity of Go have saved programmers from creating bots that exhibit something greater than an beginner ability stage.

This all modified with AlphaGo, an AI developed by Google’s DeepMind crew that makes use of a neural community for a extra human-like method to downside fixing. Final yr, AlphaGo claimed a historic 4-1 victory over grandmaster Lee Sedol; and, extra lately, a more recent prototype model of the AI has been wiping the ground with different high gamers on-line.

The Korea Baduk Affiliation is not in any nice rush to implement new guidelines, since AI Go coaches aren’t an instantaneous risk. “However when it turns into extra in style and widespread, we are going to push forward with extra concrete laws about the usage of smartphones throughout matches,” an affiliation official advised The Korea Instances. It is smart that the group would begin serious about find out how to hold competitors pure now, although, as a substitute of getting to react to future instruments that can provide gamers a leg up.

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