AI Lands a Historic Victory Over the Human Mind

The field of artificial intelligence landed a significant victory over the human mind today, as Google’s AlphaGo program was able to defeat legendary player Lee Se-dol at the game of Go. AI has previously been unable to master the ancient Chinese board game like it has with chess or checkers, as Go requires much more intuition and evaluation. AlphaGo’s creators developed the program using a …

Marvin Minsky, Artificial Intelligence Pioneer, Has Died

Marvin Minksy, a pioneer in artificial intelligence and one of the first people to begin imparting common-sense reasoning to computers, died on Sunday at the age of 88. A true innovator of the now-booming industry, he’s described as “one of the very few people in computing whose visions and perspectives liberated the computer from being a glorified adding machine to start to realize its destiny …

Understand Code in 38,000 Words

For the uninitiated, the world of coding and computer science might seem akin to the Matrix, where combinations of letters and symbols somehow make inanimate objects spring to life. But with computers powering so many of our daily interactions, isn’t it time we at least try to understand this dark magic? Thanks to a lengthy essay by programmer Paul Ford titled “What is Code?” you …