Human Delays Arrival of Complete Computer Dominance for Just a Bit Longer

Take heart, humans: We’re not completely obsolete yet. Earlier today, 18-time world Go champion Lee Sedol won a game against Google’s AlphaGo AI program at the DeepMind Challenge Match in Seoul after enduring three straight defeats. There’s only one game left in the five-match challenge, which means artificial intelligence has technically won, but Lee’s victory seems to show that humans can still bring something to the table that programmed intelligences cannot. At least for now. Tweets from Demis Hassabis, the founder of Google’s DeepMind project, which is responsible for creating AlphaGo, revealed that AlphaGo made a misstep on move 79 and didn’t realize it until move 87. Hassabis heartily congratulated Lee, but also emphasized in a statement to The Verge that he intends to use the defeat as a learning…


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