AI vs. grandmaster – AlphaGo triumph?
Rise of the Machines: Keep an eye on AI, experts warn
phys.org – March 12, 2016 by Mariëtte Le Roux
Original article: phys.org machines-eye-ai-experts
A Google computer’s stunning 3-0 victory in a Man-vs-Machine face-off over the ultimate board game highlights the need to keep Artificial Intelligence under human control, experts said Saturday.
The partly self-taught AlphaGo programme’s defeat of Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol showed AI was progressing faster than widely thought, they said—a highly symbolic moment in humanity’s quest to create smart machines.
And while AI plays a key role in building a better, safer world, some fear the fast pace of development could finally leave humans outwitted by our own inventions.
AlphaGo’s triumph “shows that the methods we do have are even more powerful than we first thought,” said AI expert Stuart Russell of the University of California’s Berkeley Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences department.
“The fact that AI methods are progressing much faster than expected makes the question of the long-term outcome more urgent,” he told AFP by email.
“It will be necessary to develop an entirely new discipline of research in order to ensure that increasingly powerful AI systems remain completely under human control… there is a lot of work to do.”
Until just five months ago, computer mastery of the 3,000-year-old game of Go, said to be the most complex ever invented, was thought to be at least a decade off.
But then AlphaGo beat European Go champ Fan Hui, and its creators decided to test the programme’s real strength against Lee, one of the game’s all-time masters.
Advance for science
Game-playing is a crucial measure of AI progress—it shows that a machine can execute a certain “intellectual” task better than humans.
A key test was …
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