AlphaGo and the Process of Learning

Draw on recent arguments and claims by scientists, journalists, and commentators about the risks and significance of AI.

AlphaGo learned how to play highly competitive Go by watching excellent Go players. At least, this is how the computer program began to learn how to play the game. Reflect on the exchange of AlphaGo’s process-based knowledge. Explain why a calculation cannot be a mistake and come up with your own explanation of why this seems “scary.” How is this a process-based approach to knowledge, and do you agree that it’s scary?