Recently a very strong computer program beat top go professionals like Ke Jie and Park Junghwan in about 50 speedy games at go playing internet sites. It is clear now that this program is a new beta testing version of AlphaGo.
I replayed some of these games, they are totally awesome. To me, the first few moves are quite normal, but then some of the moves are so unexpected, and difficult to understand: what do they accomplish, why? It seems that all kinds of strategic concepts are not valid anymore, I wouldn't be surprised if the only valid answer to the "why" is "because it wins". So I guess the next few months or years will be a great adventure to find out how good go looks like, kicking out not valid strategic concepts (which ones?), substituting them by new ones (which ones?), where I think that tactical reading is paramount. According to Ke Jie the basics of go have to be rewritten: quite amazing. I guess moves that were considered sente are not sente anymore, that miai, swaps, probes are what the best go is about, making the games extremely complicated for the humans, but not so for the computers.
I wonder what is going to happen to the games recently played, and the ones that are going to be played, between humans and computers, and by computers against computers. Is go4go going to show them? They may not be part of ordinary tournaments, as they are played on the internet sites, but they are very interesting, they are building the future of go.
I wonder what the opinions are of those visiting go4go, and of go4go: we are living in exciting times when looking at go. Thank you all for your reaction!