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The robots that could enslave humanity

Trailblazing: Charles Darwin considered fire one of humanity’s greatest achievements. © The Day

Will AI change our world more profoundly than fire? That was the claim made by the head of Google in a recent television interview. Some believe we should be deeply worried by what he said. Lee Sedol was full of confidence as he sat down at the Go board. He knew he could beat anyone in the world at the ancient game of strategy. Now, watched on TV by more than 60 million people, the South Korean was taking on a computer programme developed by Google’s artificial-intelligence team. The question was not whether he could beat it, but by how much.

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