Computer beats human in Go: Should we be scared or excited about A.I. milestone?

For decades, science fiction movies and books have predicted that someday machines will develop artificial intelligence (A.I.) and take over the world. While it’s not exactly the plot of a prequel in the Terminator movie franchise, world champion Lee Sedol was defeated by a computer in a game of Go this week. This marked a milestone for the development of A.I. Google’s DeepMind program, named AlphaGo, was victorious over the strategy game’s best player of the last decade (watch the video of the match below). It was the first game in a best-of-five series between the two with $1 million in prize money on the line. To help us understand more about what exactly artificial intelligence is, Michigan State University biologist and computer scientist Arend Hintze joined Stateside to talk…


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