AI beats human champions at Go

AI is now beating human Go champions.

From the article, on the fear of building something more powerful than ourselves:

Kwon even went so far as to say that he is now more aware of the potential for machines to break free from the control of humans, echoing words we’ve long heard from people like Elon Musk and Sam Altman. “There was an inflection point for all human beings,” he said of AlphaGo’s win. “It made us realize that AI is really near us—and realize the dangers of it too.”

But also the on the possibilities:

The experience has, quite literally, changed the way he views the game. When he first played the Google machine, he was ranked 633rd in the world. Now, he is up into the 300s. In the months since October, AlphaGo has taught him, a human, to be a better player. He sees things he didn’t see before.

Which is essentially parenting or mentoring, two-ways learning. Of course your kid, unlike a robot, can’t improve his own hardware and become more orders of magnitude more intelligent than you at increasingly faster speeds.

If, as Richard Dawkins argues in The Selfish Gene, we are nothing but a machine for genes trying to perpetuate themselves and our consciousness popped up because it’s evolutionary fit, I wonder what would a conscious AI overlord think of himself. “I’m a byproduct of a byproduct?”

I also wonder what would such an AI teach us about life. A gene is very limited, it can’t build airplanes, but put several of them together and look at what several of them together can do (see Deep Complexity for more on this idea).

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