Why AI appears to create things


On March 10, 2016, one of the strongest Go players in the world, Lee Sedol, stared at one of the oddest moves in the history of professional Go. His opponent -- the computer program AlphaGo, from Google-owned DeepMind -- had, in the 37th move of the game, placed its stone in what the Go community calls a "shoulder hit"; a move professional Go players seldom use. Stunned, Lee just walked out of the room. AlphaGo appeared to demonstrate creative initiative exceeding the best human players. Lee returned a few moments later and played a brilliant game, though he still conceded defeat after 211 moves.