Man vs. Machine
The worldrenown and immensely tactical game of chess has set an unmatched precedent in the importance of strategy and execution. With possible game progressions bordering infinitum, it is a sport that requires great intellect, immaculate study, and unrivaled passion. Like any competitive game, Chess surely has its greats. Often considered to be the most skilled practitioner to ever play the game, Garry Kasparov, is a multiple time world champion and one of the winningest chess players in history. With dangerously aggressive yet stunningly accurate play, many believed Kasparov’s reign would never end. However, in May 1997, the almighty Kasparov would be dethroned. Beaten 3 1/2 to 2 1/2 in a six game set, IBM’s Big Blue would become the first Chess computer to beat a reigning world chess champion in a full match. This match created quite the buzz in both the computer science and chess playing communities, and raised new questions concerning the potential intelligence of machines, and whether or not humans would ever be able to surpass the thinking power of state of the art technologies.
Moving forward in history to the year 2016, Google’s DeepMind AI would decisively defeat Lee Sedol, a topranked Korean Go player 30. In a post match interview, Sedol stated "I don't know what to say," he said through an interpreter. "I kind of felt powerless." The truth is, mankind and its ancestors have set the precedence for intelligence for six million years. Our thinking capacity separated us from animals, and lead us to controlling our own planet, creating parameters for our benefit, and expecting all other life forms to adapt to them or simply die out. However, as human intelligence remains rather stagnant , machine intelligence is still reaching new heights. It is imperative that computer scientists, politicians, scholars, and ethicists begin to discuss the importance of limiting computer power for the sake of keeping such technologies manageable by humans. Ultimately, the future of computing could take many twists and turns as the years pass. However at the current rate of technological innovation and the human thirst for human credit and ingenuity, it is only a matter of time before computers reach levels where human intelligence becomes primitive, and simply outdated.