Google’s Eric Schmidt: There’s no question AI will put jobs at risk, but it’s natural

When Eric Schmidt walks into a room, he owns it. Appearing as a surprise guest at a crowded press conference in Seoul last week, 60-year-old Schmidt, chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet and its former chief executive, made the room light up with blinding flashes. The reason for his visit? To watch a board game being played. The opponents are world champion Lee Se-dol, and AlphaGo, an algorithm created by Google-owned British artificial intelligence company DeepMind. “When I was a young computer scientist in the 70s, there were many claims that we would beat human intelligence. None of it happened,” Schmidt said over gourmet Chinese food, just hours before the first Go game. “Now there is a sense that AI had finally arrived.”  “Google is about building real businesses in…


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