Public Scientist: Where will technology take us?

In 1997, when legendary chess player Gary Kasparov lost to Deep Blue — IBM’s chess-playing computer — it was a blow to man from machine not felt since John Henry’s heart exploded. On March 15, 2016, another blow was struck when Google’s AlphaGo defeated Go grandmaster Lee Sedol in the game of Go — a task previously thought impossible due to the sheer complexity of Go as a game as well as the intuition that comes along with learning to play it. AlphaGo is certainly far from being the artificial intelligence that forces us to think about Philip K. Dick and his electric sheep, but it is a sobering reminder of how far machine learning has come and the potential it has for automating human jobs. For all of the…


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