AlphaGo, in context

Andrej Karpathy of OpenAI writes:

I had a chance to talk to several people about the recent AlphaGo matches with Ke Jie and others. In particular, most of the coverage was a mix of popular science + PR so the most common questions I’ve seen were along the lines of “to what extent is AlphaGo a breakthrough?”, “How do researchers in AI see its victories?” and “what implications do the wins have?”. I thought I might as well serialize some of my thoughts into a post.

Andrej finds that AlphaGo says more about Google than it says about the wider industry: AlphaGo is fundamentally a narrow AI that doesn't translate well into real world applications, but the technology and corresponding expertise bode well for future deep learning initiatives within Google.

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