As Google/DeepMind's artificial intelligence AlphaGo continues to roll against top Baduk pro Lee Se-dol, StarCraft has emerged as a potential future target for the AI.
Consensus greatest-of-all-time Brood War pro Flash expressed cautious confidence in a short interview on Thursday. Another Terran legend, Boxer, mirrored his sentiments in an interview with Yonhap News. Here are Boxer's quotes from the article:
- "I don't know how smart [AlphaGo] is, but even if it can win in Baduk(Go), it can't beat humans in StarCraft."
- "It would be a mistake to think artificial intelligence could beat humans in StarCraft. StarCraft is a game where situational strategy is far more important than in Baduk, so it's an area where AI cannot catch up."
- "There are many variables in StarCraft, such as scouting, obviously, as well as maps, racial balance, micro, mind-games, etc."
- "Even if countless data is inputted and studied by the AI so it has some degree of instinct, it won't reach pro level."
- "If such an offer comes in the future, I'll gladly accept."
- "Even if it has studied all of the many strategies I've used, I'll go at it with an unstoppable strategy I've prepared."
- "Competing in a few StarCraft tournaments nowadays, I felt that this is where my roots are. It's exciting just thinking about facing a machine as mankind's representative."