This one paragraph will make you appreciate your brain – and laugh at artificial intelligence

IBM IBM Watson wins “Jeopardy.” Google has just reached a milestone for artificial intelligence (AI). AlphaGo, a program designed by the company’s DeepMind AI division, just beat Lee Sedol, a world champion Go player. It’s another entry in a growing list of computers that can beat us at our own games. While we’re (unfairly) quick to cede our human shortcomings to the unblinking precision of computers, however, our brains are really good at something current AI can’t quite crack: Thinking. We can process our thoughts at a level unparalleled by anything else we’ve come across, living or artificial. And we can do it with remarkable efficiency. One of the best characterizations of just how ill-equipped modern artificial intelligence is comes from the creator of the “Jeopardy”-dominating IBM Watson computer, Dave…


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