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Root for Google's Robot

An artificial intelligence that can master the game of Go has vast potential.

No laughing matter.

Photographer: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

This week in Seoul, in what has been dubbed the "ultimate challenge" for artificial intelligence, a man will face off against a computer in the ancient game of Go. If you're reading this, you may be tempted to cheer for the man. But this is the rare battle of wits in which you should actually root for the robot.

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