AlphaGo’s victory is shocking, but we must believe it will be used for good

It was a shock, back in 1997, when IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer beat chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov. We were forced to accept that computers are better than us at things we used to consider “uniquely human”. They are faster at spotting patterns, quicker at making calculations, more efficient at performing automated tasks and simply better at games like chess .  But that shock was as nothing compared to what I witnessed in Seoul this week when computers came for our very humanity. I saw an algorithm  beat the world champion at civilisation’s oldest board game and, by doing so, it threw into disarray our understanding of human intelligence. Garry Kasparov’s shocking defeat to a supercomputer in 1997 Until last Friday, the 3,000-year-old Chinese game go was considered the last frontier…


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