Jobs. Driving. And machines that can learn.

Photo: Tony Avelar, FRE A Google self-driving Lexus cruises along a street in Mountain View, Calif. A Google self-driving Lexus cruises along a street in Mountain… In the tech world, it was big news this spring that an artificial intelligence system won a game of Go against 18-time world champion Lee Se-dol, triumphing in four out of five straight games of a five-game match. Aritificial intelligence — AI — had conquered chess in 1997, when Deep Blue, an IBM supercomputer, beat world champion Gary Kasparov. Go was the next grand challenge: A game exponentially more difficult than chess, and one that defied the brute-force methods in game tree search. AlphaGo, the AI program that won the Go match, succeeded by doing things differently: It combined the usual tree search with search-space reduction…


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