Is Artificial Intelligence Being Oversold?

10 March 2016
Larry Greenmeier

A debate in New York tries to settle the question.

After taking a 2-0 lead in its five-game match with Lee Sedol on Thursday, Google-DeepMind’s AlphaGo artificial intelligence program seems likely to claim victory within the next few days. This will no doubt resurface the many questions people have about AI’s future and whether humans are inching towards Matrix-like enslavement. Fortunately, last night’s “Don’t Trust the Promise of Artificial Intelligence” Open to Debate formerly known as Intelligence Squared U.S. debate in New York City addressed a lot of these questions and concerns.