The Reading / Listening - Go Grand Champion - Level 1

An 18-time world champion retired because humans cannot beat computers at the game of Go. His name is Lee Se-Dol. Mr Lee is the only person in the world to beat Google's AlphaGo computer algorithm. This is an A.I. computer program to play Go. Mr Lee told reporters that: "Even if I become the number one, there is an entity that cannot be defeated. With the debut of A.I. in Go games, I've realized that I'm not at the top."



Go started in China 3,000 years ago. Today, 46 million people play it in 75 countries. It is the oldest board game in the world. Mr Lee started playing at the age of five. He turned professional when he was 12. He played five games against Google's AlphaGo and lost four of them. He said he won because of a "bug". The bug did not know what to do when Mr Lee made a "tricky" move. Today's Go programs are more powerful than the one that beat Mr Lee.

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Sources
  • https://japantoday.com/category/tech/go-grandmaster-says-computers-cannot-be-defeated
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/27/go-game-master-quits-saying-machines-cannot-be-defeated
  • http://www.koreatimesus.com/go-master-lee-says-he-quits-unable-to-win-over-ai-go-players/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. An 18-time
  2. the only person
  3. computer
  4. computer
  5. Even if I become
  6. an entity that cannot
  7. With the debut of A.I.
  8. I've realized that I'm
  1. the number one
  2. in Go games
  3. world champion
  4. not at the top
  5. algorithm
  6. program
  7. in the world
  8. be defeated

Paragraph 2

  1. Go originated in China
  2. the oldest board
  3. turned
  4. He played five games against
  5. He said he won because
  6. The bug did not know
  7. Mr Lee made a "tricky"
  8. more powerful than the one
  1. what to do
  2. professional
  3. that beat Mr Lee
  4. 3,000 years ago
  5. Google's AlphaGo
  6. move
  7. of a "bug"
  8. game in the world

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An 18-(1) ___________________ retired because humans cannot beat computers at (2) ___________________ Go. His name is Lee Se-Dol. Mr Lee is (3) ___________________ in the world to beat Google's AlphaGo computer algorithm. This is an A.I. computer (4) ___________________ Go. Mr Lee told reporters that: "Even if I become the number one, there (5) ___________________ that cannot be defeated. With the debut of A.I. in Go games, I've realized that I'm not (6) ___________________."

Go started in China (7) ___________________. Today, 46 million people play it in 75 countries. It (8) ___________________ board game in the world. Mr Lee started (9) ___________________ age of five. He turned professional when he was 12. He played five games against Google's AlphaGo (10) ___________________ of them. He said he won because of a "bug". The bug did not know what to do when Mr Lee (11) ___________________ move. Today's Go programs are more powerful than the (12) ___________________ Mr Lee.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

An18-timeworldchampionretiredbecausehumanscannotbeatcomp
utersatthegameofGo.HisnameisLeeSe-Dol.MrLeeistheonlyperson
intheworldtobeatGoogle'sAlphaGocomputeralgorithm.ThisisanA.I.c
omputerprogramtoplayGo.MrLeetoldreportersthat:"EvenifIbecome
thenumberone,thereisanentitythatcannotbedefeated.Withthedebut
ofA.I.inGogames,I'verealizedthatI'mnotatthetop."GostartedinChin
a3,000yearsago.Today,46millionpeopleplayitin75countries.Itisthe
oldestboardgameintheworld.MrLeestartedplayingattheageoffive.H
eturnedprofessionalwhenhewas12.HeplayedfivegamesagainstGoo
gle'sAlphaGoandlostfourofthem.Hesaidhewonbecauseofa"bug".The
bugdidnotknowwhattodowhenMrLeemadea"tricky"move.Today'sG
oprogramsaremorepowerfulthantheonethatbeatMrLee.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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