The Specter of Computing

A few days ago, I read an article in Wired magazine about a computer system built by Google and partners that defeated a Grandmaster at Go, five games in a row. Go is a 2500 year old Chinese strategy game with exponentially more complexity and potential moves than Chess and, unlike Chess, has until now resisted the powers of computing competition and remained in the realm of the human mind. I read the this article with casual interest, but it stayed with me and as I continued to think about it, I began to shift to an examination of the short history of supercomputing and artificial intelligence (AI) and reflected on the implications of a technical revolution that has blown Moore’s Law to bits. In the 1970’s and 80’s, Cray…


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