South Korea Will Try To Save Itself From The Inevitable Robot Takeover By Investing .3 Billion In AI

South Korea appears to be taking a “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” approach to the forthcoming machine revolution. On Thursday, president Park Geun-hye announced plans to invest one trillion won ($1.13 billion) in the country’s artificial intelligence industry by 2020, largely as a response to the recent shellacking of countryman Lee Sedol at the hands of — you guessed it — Google’s artificial intelligence bot AlphaGo. “Above all, Korean society is ironically lucky, that thanks to the ‘AlphaGo shock,’ we have learned the importance of AI before it is too late,” she said, according to Nature. Some of the funds will go toward the creation of an AI research centre, which is also set to receive money from private companies like Samsung and LG. The institute was reportedly…


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