Artificial Intelligence: Google Creates Program That Easily Beats Humans

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Artificial Intelligence: Google Creates Program That Easily Beats Humans at the Most Complex Game Ever Created

Move over, chess: the latest advances in artificial intelligence have resulted in a program that resembles deeper thinking and intuitive abilities that outpace humans at an ancient game that has more possible positions than there are atoms in the universe.

Google has created AlphaGo, a program that plays a 3,000-year-old Chinese game called “go,” which involves the capture of territory using black and white stones on a grid board. Chess, which computers defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997, has much fewer move choices in a given instance than go. Because of this massive array of possible moves, go is seen as more intuitive, an quality that defines us as human and what scientists studying artificial intelligence have been studying for decades.

In a $1 million, five-game match, AlphaGo recently defeated South Korean Go master Lee Se-dol, going up 2-0. There was a lot of debate beforehand regarding how AlphaGo would perform, and thus far it’s meeting or exceeding expectations.

This is a massive step forward for artificial intelligence.  Some have concerns about this evolution in AI. Will the advances in artificial intelligence result in programs and machines that are beyond human control and make decisions that can jeopardize our livelihood? Or will this evolution be contained in way where it benefits humanity in a multitude of ways that we have yet to comprehend?

Sometimes science fiction can unfold into science fact, and there are big ethical questions to be considered as technology marches on. We can appreciate the harvest of these advances while also being wary of an unforeseen move from the likes of something more advanced than AlphaGo.

Google’s AlphaGo website:

https://deepmind.com/alpha-go.html

Read and join the debate on artificial intelligence:

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/03/09/does-alphago-mean-artificial-intelligence-is-the-real-deal