Now that AI has mastered ‘Go,’ are all our jobs next?

There was once a time when no one thought computers could master chess; then, in 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue beat chess champion Garry Kasparov. The bar then moved to the ancient Chinese game of Go — until Europe’s reigning human champion fell to Google’s AlphaGo system late last year. One by one, artificial intelligence has overcome the obstacles set before it. Is this all part of an inevitable trend leading to humanity’s obsolescence — or, at least, unemployment? “Absolutely, there is disruption coming,” said Shashi Upadhyay, CEO of Lattice Engines, which uses AI for predictive marketing. Just last month, a World Economic Forum report warned that AI, robots and other tech advances will take more than five million jobs from humans over the next five years. Here’s an example: There…


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