IBM’s Top Researcher: A Win for Computers Is a Win for Humans

John E. Kelly III is the senior vice president of cognitive solutions and research for the IBM Corporation. ‘Man versus machine’ is the wrong approach Google’s AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence system designed expressly to win the ancient Chinese game of Go, recently defeated grandmaster Lee Se-Dol four times during a five-game match. Go had been a pursuit of AI researchers for decades, and the computer scientists who achieved this impressive milestone deserve congratulations, as does Se-Dol for his vital role in this exhibition. At these moments, it’s tempting for people to get caught up in the drama of “man versus machine,” perhaps to even worry about the implications of a “loss.” But the truth is that whenever AI goes up against the best humans in a field, there is only…


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