The triumph of AI

AlphaGo has beaten Lee Se-dol, one of the best Go players in the world. A machine has showed us its superiority at something that during decades was dominated by human intelligence. And that proves once again that Artificial Intelligence has an incredible path ahead, one that is both incredibly promising and incredibly disturbing.

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The feat was accomplished a few hours ago, and it really doesn’t matter that this is only the first of five games. The victory of the machine shows that AI can go beyond what chess programs accomplished in the 90s. Playing chess against a computer is useless even for grandmasters, because even a mobile phone with the right software can beat most professional players right now.

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This will happen too with Go, a much more complicated board game that relies not only on raw power to calculate future movements and positions: it relies on intuition. Google has given AlphaGo that intuition, and we must wonder what will be the next disturbing marvel we’ll watch in this area.

We should be amazed, but I can’t help thinking if we should be more and more worried about what this can lead us to. Coming from a computer nerd, the situation is more and more troubling.

Bumpy road ahead.

Author: Javier Pastor

Javier Pastor is a technology journalist that has been writing about tech since 1999. He started writing for PC Actual in Spain, the leading printed magazine in the country, and in 2006 started to write online. First as the Chief Editor for The Inquirer ES, and after that for MuyComputer until 2013. That year he became senior editor at Xataka, the leading tech news website in Spanish with over 5M uniques/month (Aug'15, comScore). Xataka is part of Weblogs SL, a blog network that gets over 40M uniques/month and that has a wide catalog of publications in Spanish. The Unshut is his new venture and allows him to express his opinions and thoughts on everything touched by technology, and follows what he has been doing at Incognitosis, his personal blog, since 2005.