>> It was the latest battle of man versus machine, and a savvy move by Google to get back in China's good graces. The company's artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, beating the world's top player in the ancient Chinese game of Go. AlphaGo's victory coming decades sooner than many had expected, played out in front of Chinese officials and Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google parent company, Alphabet, who perhaps calmed fears that bots would soon beat us all.
>> Regardless of the outcome of the match, humanity wins. And the reason is, that this is not a contest of person and computer, but eventually it will be computer with person helping. The computer doing very good things and the person doing very good things. Schmidt also hoping this does very good things for Google inside China.
Google pulled its search engine from China seven years ago after refusing to self-censor Internet searches, a requirement of Beijing. Its YouTube site is also inaccessible. The ceremonial game, a major bridge building exercise for Google in China, following a charm offensive in recent years. China, too, pushing to become a top player in artificial intelligence.
Its search engine giant, Baidu, launching an AI lab in March with help from the government.