Your robotic overlords and you: Grappling with the future of Artificial Intelligence

Today, the Go world championships. Tomorrow, the world. For those that don’t know, AlphaGo, a Go-playing computer designed by London-based Google subsidiary DeepMind, recently defeated Lee Sedol 9p. Lee’s 9p or “ninth dan” rating places him high among those who can be considered world-class professional Go players. AlphaGo defeated him four games to one. For defeating Sedol, AlphaGo was awarded honorary 9p status.  For many who study AI and the future of computing, proficiency at Go was considered to be one of the last hurdles before computers started to overtake humans at everyday tasks. This is because; unlike more trivial games like tic-tac-toe or even Chess, Go absolutely defies brute-force reasoning. For those trivial games, it is possible to model all possible moves in order to determine which yields the…


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