The beginning of the end: Google’s AI has beaten a top human player at the complex game of Go

I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but we have entered the beginning of the end for the human race as we know it. Earlier today, AlphaGo, an artificially intelligent algorithm developed by Google’s DeepMind subsidiary, categorically beat Lee Sedol, one of the best players of the Chinese board game Go. It swept him 3-0 in a best-of-five series (though they will still play the remaining two games tomorrow and on March 15) and employed techniques and cunning strategies that Lee did not see coming. It is now presumably only a matter of time before it takes on other challenges thought impossible for robots to tackle, like how to successfully overcome their human enslavers, or maybe even the stairs. Unlike past battles of man versus machine, from…


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