"A god of Go"


A bit more on AlphaGo's dominant win from Paul Mozur:

“Last year, it was still quite humanlike when it played,” Mr. Ke said after the game. “But this year, it became like a god of Go.”
Perhaps just as notably, the victory took place in China, a rising power in the field of artificial intelligence that is increasingly seen as a rival to the United States. Chinese officials perhaps unwittingly demonstrated their conflicted feelings at the victory by software backed by a company from the United States, as they cut off live streams of the contest within the mainland even as the official news media promoted the promise of artificial intelligence.

The cutting off of the live stream is just silly. 

Mr. Ke, who smiled and shook his head as AlphaGo finished out the game, said afterward that his was a “bitter smile.” After he finishes this week’s match, he said, he would focus more on playing against human opponents, noting that the gap between humans and computers was becoming too great. He would treat the software more as a teacher, he said, to get inspiration and new ideas about moves.

I like this mentality. If you can't beat them, learn from them. In this case, "them" just happens to be a computer. But without question, that computer will make humans better at Go. The bigger question: what else will computers be able to teach humans? The possibilities are likely endless.


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