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5 things your brain does better than a computer

By: Shea Gunther on July 29, 2012, 12:05 p.m.
Go gameboard

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Play Go

Go is a board game that was first played in China more than 2,000 years ago. It is played on a board marked with a 19x19 grid using black-and-white stones that players use to capture territory. The size of the board (19x19 creates 361 intersections) and the rules of the game (players can place stones anywhere open on the board on any move, so there's an almost unimaginable number of scenarios to calculate). In fact, there are more than 10 times more scenarios in Go than there are atoms in the observable universe. Computers are good at handling big numbers, but that's just ridiculous. What's more likely is that humans will get better at designing computer programs that more closely replicate the human brain and its thought processes. But when that happens and the machines take over, I don't think we'll be all that concerned about losing a game of Go to a computer.