Health care is the next frontier for DeepMind, says researcher David Silver
AlphaGo plays Lee Se-dol on March 9, 2016. Credit: Google
AlphaGo's uncanny success at the game of Go was taken by many as a death knell for the dominance of the human intellect, but Google researcher David Silver doesn't see it that way.
As one of the lead architects behind Google DeepMind's AlphaGo system, which defeated South Korean Go champion Lee Se-dol 4 games to 1 in March, Silver believes the technology's next role should be to help advance human health.
"We'd like to use these technologies to have a positive impact in the real world," he told an audience of AI researchers Tuesday at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in New York.
With more possible board combinations than there are atoms in the universe, Go has long been considered the ultimate challenge for AI researchers.