Just over 20 years ago, on 10th February 1996, the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue famously defeated chess champion Gary Kasparov in the first of a six game match that lasted just over a year, which resulted in an overall win for the computer, which was heralded as the first truly artificially intelligent machine. But could Deep Blue play anything other than chess? No.
But there is a new super computer programme on the block – AlphaGo by Google DeepMind, which has already won games of the traditional Chinese game ‘Go’, and is about to embark on a series of live streamed matches in Seoul, shown on a dedicated YouTube channel from March 9th.
So what does this mean for artificial intelligence? How does a game playing computer show the possibilities for what we can expect in the future, and our interactions with machines?
Professor Anil Seth, who is co-director of the Sackler Centre for Computational Neuroscience in the School of Engineering and Informatics here at the University of Sussex featured on BBC Newsnight on 3rd March to answer these sorts of questions as DeepMind prepares for the matches – click here to see the full episode – and watch a video about Google DeepMind below.
And, Professor Anil Seth has also contributed to an article in New Scientist this week, named ‘Visible thoughts at the fringes of consciousness’. Click here to read the full article.