AlphaGo: a computer program so close to human intelligence it’s far from artificial

As Lee Se-dol, the Go world champion, prepares to face Google DeepMind’s computer program AlphaGo, in a five game match starting Wednesday, his chances look slim. AlphaGo is almost human. The first thing you have to ask yourself is why we humans feel the need to pit ourselves against computers. Strategic games such as Go or chess – they’re games we can all play but which, at the highest level, demand serious brain power as well as intuition and deep intelligence. Is this really the final frontier between human and artificial intelligence (AI)? Or is it sadomasochism? Or is it merely the means by which large technology firms exhibit their prowess? “As players, I think we’ve got past that stage of worrying about playing against computers,” says Jon Diamond, president‚Ķ


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