The head of FIDE: "We are at the turn of the creation of artificial intelligence"

On 9th of March, Google’s AlphaGo computer program beat the Go World Champion in the first of five matches in Seoul. Lee Se-dol, who played black pieces, conceded defeat. Previously it was thought that computers would need at least another 10 years to reach this level.

The President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and the World Mind Sports Association (IMSA) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov commented this in an interview with the National News Service.

"Those who played go have repeatedly stated that it was impossible to create the program that can beat the high class player. Unlike chess, go has much more possible moves and combinations complicating the creation of algorithms that can predict the actions of an opponent by orders of magnitude.
Man was defeated when computer became able to not only calculate the millions of choices but also make ‘illogical’ moves on the chess field. Today, the same thing happens with go. The humanity is at the turn of the creation of artificial intelligence now. At least, we are close to it to the uttermost", said Ilyumzhinov.
"Computer begins to make the intuitive moves and soon it would learn how to feel, fall in love and envy. The last bastion has fallen. We need to think how to protect ourselves from it", concluded the head of FIDE.