From board games to the battlefield, can artificial intelligence take over?

The defeat this month of a Korean Go master by Google’s AlphaGo program has many people excited and, in some cases, fearful about the future of artificial intelligence. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — the Defense Department arm responsible for developing emerging technologies — is already looking at using articifical intelligence, or AI, to analyze vast amounts of data from battlefield sensors and give commanders options for how to respond, according to online magazine Breaking Defense. However, the day when a computer could replace a human general remains in the distant future, experts say. “AI creates a good assistant for a human, but it’s still many years out from achieving anything like human intelligence,” said David Johnson from the Center of Advanced Defense Studies, a Washington-based think tank. There’s…


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