AlphaGo’s Domination Has South Korea Freaking Out About Artificial Intelligence

For many fans of artificial intelligence, the stellar performance of Google’s AlphaGo machine over human world champion Lee Sedol was a historic milestone. For some in South Korea, however—where the game, known as Baduk, has deep roots—the victories are a little more unsettling. The New Scientist reports that AlphaGo’s 4-1 domination of Sedol has produced fears about the future of artificial intelligence, and some have been left wondering what’s in store for humans after the machines inevitably take over. “Last night was very gloomy,” Jeong Ahram, lead Go reporter for Joongang Ilbo, a large daily newspaper in South Korea, told New Scientist following the machine’s first victory. “Many people drank alcohol.” Advertisement The tournament left many people around the globe on edge—fear of intelligent robots (TERMINATOR!) is a common human…


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