An interview with Se-Dol Lee on the upcoming match with AlphaGo!
Recently, there was an interview of Sedol Lee with a Korean journal on the upcoming big match with AlphaGo. I quickly translated it for fun (Google translate was too bad for Korean > English, because +KyungHyun Cho
hasn't worked on it seriously yet ; )). Enjoy!
Original source: http://baduk.hangame.com/news.nhn?gseq=35472&m=view&page=&searchfield=&leagueseq=&searchtext=
When did you get the match offer?
- Late last year. Just before the final of the Mongbaekhap Cup. I accepted it without too much worry because it's a significant honor to me.
The prize is big.
- I'm focusing more on the meaning rather than the money. It's not the money which made me accept the match.
Then, what's the meaning of the match to you.
- Anyway, it's the first official match between a human and a computer. That itself has a significant meaning to me. Also, I'm proud of the fact that I'm chosen for the match among many other players in Korea, China, and Japan.
Why do you think, you got the offer?
- I think I have a good record for the past 10 years, though not sure about the past 5 years. Anyway, it's a great honor to me.
Did you see the play of 'AlphaGo'?
- Not at all. I didn't even know that it won 5-0 to the European champion. I've heard that the match was over the Internet, and AlphaGo did very well, ... Other than that, I haven't heard anything about it. I knew little bit more about it from the news reports.
How did you decide to accept the match offer?
- Of course because I'm confident that I can beat it. I think, Google considers AlphaGo as a preliminary level algorithm on the way of making it more complete one. So, it's too helpless for human, me, to lose at this early stage. I might lose one or two games. But, I think I'll eventually win even if the score might be 3-2. I expect, 4-1 or 5-0 would be the final score.
The match style?
- We will have 5 games. What's interesting is, we will have all the 5 games even if one already wins the first three games. I think, what Google wants is the data of my plays, because they want to make the algorithm better based on my plays. In that sense, I think, for them, this is an early stage of the challenge.
What do you expect if you lose?
- It will be less shocking if the algorithm beats a (best) human (player), perhaps 2, 3, 5, or 10 years later from now, because people would already have known about the existence of this kind of algorithm. Then, people will think that we have eventually reached a time where an algorithm can win over a human player. But, I think we are not ready to accept the loss yet at the moment. There will be a huge impact.
Do you think the whole community or industry of the Go game can be threatened if you lose?
- Not sure, whether it will result in a crisis or a boom. Anyway, there will be some influence. And, personally, I will be shocked much stronger than that I had recently after losing at the final of the Mongbaekhap Cup.
This year, there is another big match, the Eungsee Cup. Then, your prize money this year could be more than 2 million dollars?
Lastly, do you have anything to say more?
- I'm not sure if I represent the whole humanity, but I think I am, because they picked me for it and I accepted it. I believe that the fans of Go game will cheer for me and support me.