Max Sanderson :Artificial Intelligence – The Fourth Revolution?

Just over a week ago, Google Deepmind’s AlphaGo machine crushed 18-time World Go Champion Lee Sedol 4-1 in a 5 game series, heralding an achievement many experts predicted to be at least a decade away. And whilst the victory of machine over man was a great result for Google, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) – it also served as a chilling reminder that the ever-extending arm of AI is showing absolutely no sign of slowing. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis has stated that Go is “probably the most complex game ever devised by man.” And he’s not wrong. For starters, it’s played on a 19 by 19 board, which allows for 10171 possible layouts, versus roughly 1050 possible configurations on a standard chessboard, and an estimated 1080 atoms in the…

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