Artificial intelligence made another gain on the human variety this week, when Google's AlphaGo beat a South Korean master of Go, the Asian strategy game.
The Google DeepMind's program had not been expected to win the complex game for a couple of more years, but took the victory over a shocked Lee Se-Dol. The computer program was the underdog because it was supposed to lack intuition, a human characteristic more useful than pure reasoning for winning Go, considered more complex than chess. But Google programmers gave AlphaGo something like intuitive ability. On Thursday, AlphaGo won a second game over a human.
Giving computers intuitive capability looks like the next step in artificial intelligence's development. Intuition is the main component of imagination, conceiving abstract ideas that lead to action.
So far, humans make robots and computers with artificial intelligence. With intuition, artificial intelligence eventually will figure out how to create other artificial intelligence beings. They'll likely prove smarter than us in more than Go.