The Alphabet of Stones

Comments Written by Rohit Gupta | Published:March 27, 2016 3:00 am What a computer program’s victory over a human in the game of Go could mean for the future of geopolitics. The consequences of Korean player Lee Se-dol’s historic defeat against a computer program in March 2016 will be both global and political. One reason is that the ancient and revered board-game Go (some claim it was invented by a Chinese emperor around 2300 BC) — in its very essence, is a profound meditation on the art of war. There are only two types of stones in Go, black or white — reminiscent of zeroes and ones in digital computers. Contrary to the hierarchical pawns, bishops and kings in chess, the pieces in Go are identical and theoretically equal in…

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