Why we shouldn’t get too excited about Google DeepMind beating the Go world champion

‘There is no AI in the world today that we can release into the world and will just work for all areas simultaneously’ Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) program, DeepMind, this week won the first two of five scheduled matches of board game Go against world champion Lee Sedol. By doing so, it became the first computer in history to defeat a top-ranked human player of Go. DeepMind Technologies was founded in 2010 by Mustafa Suleyman and Demis Hassabis from the UK, and New Zealander Shane Legg, who Hassabis met at University College London’s Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit. Using AI, the start-up built a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain. In 2014, Google acquired the company for £400 million and renamed it Google DeepMind, but it has…


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