COLUMN: The limits of artificial intelligence

Most of us probably don’t live with the constant fear of a robot uprising, but it’s still scary and exciting to know how far artificial intelligence has come. Some of us might hope for a future with robot maids from “The Jetsons” and comedic Benders from “Futurama.” AI still has a long way to go before robots become more humanlike, and the recent breakthroughs in AI tell us about the nature of intelligence itself. Two weeks ago, the Google software AlphaGo beat the current world champion at the complicated board game “Go.” This is a huge step forward for the efficiency and productivity of computers and engineering. It’s difficult to say what it means for the future of AI, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to speculate what it…


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