Don’t Forget Humans Created The Computer Program That Can Beat Humans At Go

Humankind is licking its wounds after its latest defeat at the “hands” of artificial intelligence. Over the past week, AlphaGo, a computer program created by Google’s DeepMind, defeated human Lee Sedol, an 18-time international titlist, 4-1 in a five-game Go match in Seoul, South Korea. Go, an ancient Chinese board game, is far more complex than chess and was seen as a kind of final frontier in AI research — a moonshot to spur technological progress. Before this week, machine dominance in Go had been seen as an achievement still decades away. We assembled some experts in game-playing AI and the game of Go to discuss what this means and what’s next — for AI and for us. Our participants: Oliver Roeder: Senior writer at FiveThirtyEight. All too human. David…


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