(Bloomberg) -- Google’s latest effort to thaw relations with China involves an artificial intelligence pow-wow -- and a few games of Go.
Years after Beijing locked out virtually every Alphabet Inc. service, executive chairman Eric Schmidt and a cadre of mid-level Chinese government officials kicked off a summit in the historic canal-laced town of Wuzhen Tuesday: a rare instance of the search leader working in tandem with the country’s bureaucrats at a high-profile public event. Google experts and prominent local academics will exchange notes and host discussions but the centerpiece will be a contest between DeepMind’s so-far undefeated AlphaGo system and Ke Jie, local champion of the 2,500-year-old strategy board game Go.
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