Up to now, computer programs never have been able to beat the very best at Go so the match will be also a way of testing and judging the suddenly rapid progress of AI – how far these technologies have come (and perhaps how far they can go), what scientists and engineers have achieved so far in the context of AI.
The match over five formal games will be played at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, South Korea (games will start at 13h local time: 04h GMT, with rest days on March 11th and 14th). There will be played according to chinese rules (19x19, 7.5 komi) and thinking time will be 2 hours each (plus three periods of 60-second byoyomi). Each game is expected to take around 4-5 hours. The winner of the match receives $ 1M price money. If AlphaGo will be the winner, the prize money will be donated to charities including Unicef. In any case, Lee Sedol will receive at least $150,000 for participating in all the five games, and an additional $20,000 for each win.
[Part 2: AlphaGo under a Magnifying Glass]