There's a moral in here somewhere. Actually, I'm rather afraid to look for it. In 2017 Google's AlphaGo Zero challenged its predecessor to a world championship match of Go. Poor old Dad; the final score was 100-nil. This whitewash had nothing to do with increased processing grunt or slicker componentry. The key to AlphaGo Zero's victory lay in a simplified algorithm, which bypassed human training altogether. “We’ve actually removed the constraints of human knowledge and it’s able... to create knowledge itself from first principles, from a blank slate,” said lead researcher David Silver.
Futurists must be having a hell of a time these days. Before their crystal ball has even cleared "the next big thing" has been launched, upgraded, remodelled, out-done and sold off. Depending on how you feel about this sort of thing, the video below may be amusing, inspiring or frightening. Being a human, you might even experience all three at once. Enjoy such confuzzlements while you still can!
You need to know about this. D-Wave is a quantum computer. Its owners (perhaps 'trustees' is a better word?) have released an open-source software package so you can programme it yourself. It's called QBSOLV (so it must be serious). No more coding in raw quantum physics. Meh, you say? Although mainstream computers of this kind are more than 10 years away (according to the Davos crowd), when they finally arrive they'll be bigger than bubble gum.