Scrabble, You’re Creeping Me Out!

I have been getting little notes from the Scrabble app on my iPad that say:
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I am growing suspicious that this message is part of a larger conspiracy organized by a digital collaboration of artificial intelligences (AIs) that are programmed to play games.

Take for example, the victory of IBM’s AI named “Deep Blue” that defeated the world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, in a six-game match in 1997.

Then in 2011, Ken Jennings, Jeopardy champion (74 games in a row) was defeated by “Deep Blue’s” successor, IBM’s “Watson”.

Now, this year (2016) Google’s AI “AlphaGo” is turning the tables on the world champion Lee Se-dol during competition in Seoul on the complicated game of GO.

“AlphaGo” is a program developed by the British company DeepMind. An article by Sam Byford at The Verge, AlphaGo beats Lee Se-dol again to take Google DeepMind Challenge series (3/12/16)  quotes Google co-founder and Alphabet president Sergey Brin as saying, “When you watch really great Go players play, it is like a thing of beauty. So I’m very excited that we’ve been able to instill that level of beauty inside a computer.”

Beauty? N0.

Diabolical? Yes!

The smartest humans are getting creamed in game play against increasingly sophisticated AIs, and that makes the iPad app’s message a little more creepy than encouraging.

I think Scrabble’s taunting me.



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