The Sadness and Beauty of Watching Google’s AI Play Go


Oh-hyoung Kwon, a Korean who helps run a startup incubator in Seoul, later told me that he experienced that same sadness—not because Lee Sedol was a fellow Korean but because he was a fellow human. Kwon even went so far as to say that he is now more aware of the potential for machines to break free from the control of humans, echoing words we’ve long heard from people like Elon Musk and Sam Altman. “There was an inflection point for all human beings,” he said of AlphaGo’s win. “It made us realize that AI is really near us—and realize the dangers of it too.”

AI is advancing is rapidly, shaping our present and near future so drastically that the fear of them is real. Like a double-edge sword, we must manage this potential against the risk of human becoming a slave to machines we created.