In 1949, computer pioneer Claude Shannon wrote a paper on how a computer may play the game of chess. In the intervening decades we’ve of course seen computers beat the best human players at a number of games; chess, followed by Jeopardy then Go, and most recently no-limit poker. It raises the question of what might be the next game that the AIs take us on in.
Jeff Dean, a senior fellow at Google, has suggested that it may be Starcraft. A game where the computer couldn’t even effectively evaluate all of the moves available to it let alone multiple moves in advance. Others suggest it may be crossword puzzles with their notoriously cryptic clues. But it could be that there just isn’t another game. Certainly not one that will quite capture the imagination of people the way that chess or Jeopardy did.
Computers may be beyond that at this point, and we’re at a point where artificial intelligence makes different kinds of milestones that we comment on, such as learning how to tell original stories, or judging what’s in a video, or determining if something’s funny, or, the granddaddy of them all, mastering unsupervised learning.