Be Like Lee

Go player Lee Sedol reviews the board after his fourth match against AlphaGo on March 13 in Seoul, South Korea. Google/Getty Images This article is part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. On Thursday, March 24, Future Tense, New America, and ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society will host an event in Washington, D.C., on incubating artificial intelligence. For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website. Earlier this month, it appeared that international Go champion Lee Sedol had become the latest uber-intellect crushed by the onslaught of artificial intelligence. Three games into their five-game matchup, Google’s A.I. program AlphaGo was undefeated. This story of machine victorious over man evoked another scene from 20 years earlier, when a wounded and confused…


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