22/10/17: Robot builders future: It’s all a game of Go…

This, perhaps, is the most important development in the AI (Artificial Intelligence) to-date: “DeepMind’s new self-taught Go-playing program is making moves that other players describe as ‘alien’ and ‘from an alternate dimension’”, as described in The Atlantic article, published this week (The AI That Has Nothing to Learn From Humans– The Atlantic
The importance of the Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo Zero AI program is not that it plays Go with frightening level of sophistication. Instead, it true importance is in self-sustaining nature of the program that can learn independently of external information inputs, by simply playing against itself. In other words, Google has finally cracked the self-replicating algorithm.
Yes, there is a ‘new thinking’ dimension to this as well. Again, quoting from The Atlantic: “A Go enthusiast named Jonathan Hop …calls the AlphaGo-versus-AlphaGo face-offs ‘Go from an alternate dimension.’ From all accounts, one gets the sense that an alien civilization has dropped a cryptic guidebook in our midst: a manual that’s brilliant – or at least, the parts of it we can understand.”

This post was published at True Economics on Monday, October 23, 2017.