Artificial intelligence: tech buzzword of 2016

By Kim Tae-gyuAs far as technology is concerned, this year was all about artificial intelligence (AI) rather than its competitors including the internet of things (IoT), robotics and autonomous vehicles.That was especially the case in Korea because of Google’s AlphaGo, which crushed human go champion Lee Se-dol in a convincing fashion here in March.As a go board is 19 by 19, there are 361 possible moves followed by 360 second moves for each of the first 361 moves. Accordingly, its branching factor is a factorial of 361, which is much larger than the total number of atoms in the universe.However, Google’s financial leeway and technological prowess silenced critics once and for all after AlphaGo defeated Lee in four out of five games.Deep Zen Go, a Japanese version of AlphaGo developed…

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