There are only 10⁸⁰ atoms in the universe, but about 10¹⁷⁰ board positions in Go. "That means that if there were as many parallel universes as there are atoms in our universe (!), then the total number of atoms in all those universes combined would be close to the possibilities on a single Go board", says Scott Santens. This is the creep of the machine silently mastering the human universe. Sure, robots can't start a fire in the woods without matches (yet) but learning itself is rapidly falling before the overwhelming processing power of "thinking" machines. We're not likely to be alarmed until it's too late to do anything.
Machine learning and the approach of the AI will happen with lighting speed. Take a moment here to experience what that is like. We should all be preparing for our jobs to be made obsolete in the next year or two. So then how will you spend the rest of your life, once work is only for machines? What will human life be about? Will you still be glad to be alive? These are the crucial questions, and they need our immediate attention. [I'm working on launching a public symposium on these questions to take place at Carroll College next Oct. I'll post the dates when they're solid.]