Man vs. Machine: What Happens When a Computer Develops Intuition?

The victory last month of AlphaGo, Google’s program for playing the ancient game of Go, against world champion Lee Sedol, was revolutionary precisely because it replaced human intuition with a method of self-learning that surpassed human intelligence.

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On March 15, in a nondescript room in the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, the human race was handed a stinging defeat. The Go tournament between world grandmaster Lee Sedol, a South Korean, and AlphaGo, Google’s...