"ALPHAGO’S VIC­TORY IS A BIG DEAL, AND NOT JUST BE­CAUSE IT’S THE FIRST COM­PUTER PRO­GRAM TO TRI­UMPH OVER A TOP-RANKED GO PLAYER.”

HWM (Malaysia) - - THINK -

The win ig­nited head­lines across the globe, with news out­lets trum­pet­ing the out­come as a ma­jor mile­stone for ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. In South Korea, cov­er­age of the match was even more prom­i­nent than North Korean threats of a pre-emp­tive strike on the South.

AlphaGo’s vic­tory is a big deal, and not just be­cause it’s the first com­puter pro­gram to tri­umph over a top-ranked Go player. By prov­ing that ma­chines can ri­val hu­mans in an in­tu­ition­based game like Go, AlphaGo just over­came a huge hur­dle for ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI), a mile­stone that some thought was a decade away.

To be sure, AlphaGo is good at one thing only, play­ing Go, and is a long way off from be­ing con­sid­ered an ar­ti­fi­cial su­per­in­tel­li­gence. But if AI wasn’t ex­pected to be so suc­cess­ful so early, what other sur­prise de­vel­op­ments lay in wait? Progress doesn’t fol­low a lin­ear curve, and ev­ery so of­ten, it leaps for­ward ex­po­nen­tially. Is AlphaGo’s vic­tory a sign that ar­ti­fi­cial su­per­in­tel­li­gences are closer to be­ing re­al­ized than pre­vi­ously thought?

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