5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Freaked Us Out In 2016: WaveNet, AlphaGo

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If there’s anything that can be said about 2016, it’s that the year of research and exploration brought a surge of innovations on new technology.

One such department that was thoroughly explored this year is the controversial yet undoubtedly cool territory of artificial intelligence. This influx of new technology elicited wonder and amazement in most. However, some made us question just how intelligent these inventions are.

Google’s WaveNet’s Close To Human Speech

In September, Google unveiled the DeepMind Artificial Intelligence they called WaveNet. While text-to-speech technology isn’t exactly new and many people even have it in their pockets via their smart phones, what’s unnerving about WaveNet is just how close to human voice she can get. You can hold conversations with Apple’s Siri, for example, but her still close to mechanical voice lets you know that she is, indeed, a machine.

When faced with 500 blind tests, WaveNet fared well with a score of 4.21 in the English language which still doesn’t beat actual human speech at 4.55, but is still a significant score compared to its competitors. If that wasn’t enough, WaveNet can also produce decent piano music.

Google’s AlphaGo Beats World Go Champ

March brought a new sort of victory for machines over a human. The game Go was previously seen as one of the ways that humans are superior to machine with its complicated and strategic elements. However, in a best-of-five match, Google’s AlphaGo beat world champion Lee Sedol in three straight games. Even another professional Goo player, Lee HyunWook, expressed his surprise at the stunning feat of the machine.

While Sergey Brin, president of Alphabet, finds the win as a successful intertwining of man and machine, the defeated champion apologized for the loss as he misjudged the machine.

Read the source article at techtimes.com.