Google's artificial intelligence shocked many when it beat a Go world champion for the first time. AlphaGo had already dispatched the European champion in an earlier test, but as an 18-time world champion and Go grandmaster, Lee poses a much tougher challenge. The Korean believed he would win the series 5-0, or 4-1 at worst, but there's currently no stopping AlphaGo.
"I'm quite speechless," said Lee in the post-match conference. "It was a clear loss on my part. From the beginning there was no moment I thought I was leading."
Google is livestreaming the encounters, and for the second match, as many as 90,000 people were tuned into the YouTube livestream to see the result. Korean and Chinese media have also dedicated various TV channels to the event. Lee now needs to win the last three tests if he is to stand any chance of claiming the pot (AlphaGo will donate the prize to charity if it wins). Man and machine will now have a rest day before meeting again on Saturday.