First Click: Google AI vs. Go, Galaxy S7 vs. S7 Edge, and more in the week ahead

March 7th, 2016

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Google’s DeepMind will be taking on the world’s best Go player this week in what’s shaping up to be the 21st century’s take on Deep Blue vs. Garry Kasparov — the 1997 event that saw a reigning world chess champion defeated by a computer. The ancient Chinese board game of Go, however, is considered a far more difficult challenge for computers. And while DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI program has beaten the European champion already, it’ll face a tougher test this week when it plays world champion Lee Se-dol for a $1 million prize. If DeepMind can beat Lee, the victory will be hailed as a major milestone in AI research. The five-game matchup will take place in Seoul with the first match scheduled to begin on Wed March 9th at 13:00 KST, which is Tuesday March 8th at 8PM PT or 11PM ET.

Keep an eye out for the first reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge this week ahead of Friday’s release on all four major US carriers. Already, it looks like Verge readers are more than twice as likely to buy an S7 Edge over the S7.

President Barack Obama helps kickoff South by Southwest interactive on Friday as part of the day one keynote conversation. The annual SXSW festival features live music, film screenings, and plenty of tech — all things we love at The Verge which is why we’ll be covering the show live until it wraps on the 20th.

Friday also brings us three notable film premieres. First up is 10 Cloverfield Lane as the "blood relative" followup to Coverfield. It stars a disoriented Mary Elizabeth Winstead trapped (or is she being protected?) in John Goodman’s bomb shelter. Next is Benjamin Dickinson’s Creative Control, a paranoid tech parable set in near-future Brooklyn after augmented reality hits the mainstream. The sci-fi send-up which debuted at SXSW (after starting on Kickstarter, appropriately enough) stars Reggie Watts, Heems, and H. Jon Benjamin. Rounding things out is the US premiere of Sacha Baron Cohen in the action / comedy The Brothers Grimsby.

But that’s all yet to come. First let's get caught up on the news you missed this weekend as you binged on the new season of House of Cards.


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