Man vs. Machine: What Happens When a Computer Develops Intuition?

A game of Go. The possibilities are endless.On March 15, in a nondescript room in the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, the human race was handed a stinging defeat. The Go tournament between world grandmaster Lee Sedol, a South Korean, and AlphaGo, Google’s computer Go program, ended with a 4-1 victory for the machine. Lee apologized to the viewers, to the Korean people, and maybe to all of humanity. “I’m the one who lost here, not the whole human race,” he said at a press conference at the close of the tournament. But the shock and sadness that filled the room told the real story: the abilities exhibited by the computer during the tournament were set to redefine the balance of powers between human and artificial intelligence. The ramifications of…


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