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AlphaGo an AI giant, still not a threat

( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-03-18 08:08:35

Google Deep Mind's AlphaGo artificial-intelligence program has beaten South Korean Go master Lee Sedol 4:1, sparking a debate world wide on whether AI could pose a threat to humankind.

The development of AI began decades ago. In 1997, Deep Blue developed by IBM defeated the world chess champion Garry Kasparov. In 2010, Apple added Siri (speech interpretation and recognition interface) to its iPhone, which understands the users' audio commands and replies accordingly-similar examples include Xiaobing of IBM and Jimi of jd.com.

But Siri, Xiaobing and Jimi can only deal with a limited number of questions, as they compare the user's command with those pre-installed in their "memories" and answer accordingly. The Deep Blue, on the other hand, relies heavily on fast computing; it decides its next move in a chess game mainly by evaluating the condition on the chessboard and comparing it with the manuals saved in its "memory". That's why it cannot win a Go game, which involves many more possibilities than chess.

AlphaGo an AI giant, still not a threat

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