AlphaGo’s win is a victory for humans, not machines

Google’s stream of the 5-game Go series between DeepMind’s AlphaGo and Lee Sedol was odd. It put little vector-graphic landmarks from Seoul opposite little vector-graphic landmarks from London. But I never once heard it suggested that this was a battle between Korea and the UK. Maybe it would have been more appropriate to put a brain on one side and a processor on the other, but that’s equally inaccurate. It may not seem it at first, but AlphaGo and its victory represents human effort and human progress. While we still have “the machines” under control, they are tools for our own advancement. Not only was AlphaGo programmed, tested, and assisted by a team of humans, the games of Go it studied are our games. Demis Hassabis, DeepMind co-founder (and former…


Link to Full Article: AlphaGo’s win is a victory for humans, not machines