What everyone is getting wrong about Google’s AI victory

The ancient game of Go may well be humanity’s toughest strategy game, and world champion Lee Sedol’s loss to a computer program Saturday is huge news. But many observers are getting wrong just what makes the Google-owned program so amazing—and what this victory actually means for the future of artificial intelligence. This isn’t the first time a computer has used a cunning strategy to beat human champions at an impossibly complex game. And that it did so so convincingly doesn’t mean AI is somehow poised to displace humanity itself. Rightly, many folks are comparing this moment to the match where IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer delivered an undisputed ass-kicking to the world champion of chess, Garry Kasparov, in 1997. It’s an instructive comparison but not because Deep Blue beat Kasparov “using…


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