A New Force In The Universe

When Gary Kasparov lost to Deep Blue he lost to a database of knowledge gathered by mankind for over 500 years, administered by man made algorithms that applied that knowledge. Today Google’s DeepMind learned the game of chess and a few hours later had created it’s own knowledge base. Then it crushed the current world champion chess engine. Now the computer DeepMind was running on may have been 1000 times faster then the one Stockfish was on but still the implication is a whole new way of computing. One in which the computer may find new approaches to the problems we face. It may be better, much better at things like how to create a fusion reactor, or how to cure cancer. Think about that for a minute.

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