The city of Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday banned the use of facial-recognition technology by city departments ? including local police ? as well as public-facing businesses such as stores, restaurants and hotels.
Two hundred years ago, the Luddites smashed the machines that threatened their livelihood. Twenty years ago, the machines that their revenge by crushing human opponents, up to and including world champion Garry Kasparov. Now a new machine has arisen that crushes such mere calculators. Be afraid, be very afraid.
The stunning success of AlphaZero, a deep-learning algorithm, heralds a new age of insight ? one that, for humans, may not last long.
But at least Stockfish isn’t capable of feeling dejected and forlorn (and the paparazzi weren’t swarming over it) as in these pictures of Kasparov immediately following his 1997 loss to Deep Blue: