Founders Flash: It’s ‘Go’ time for Google’s artificial intelligence team

The Flash has long been a fan of the ancient – and highly strategically complex – board game Go. Developed millennia ago in China, Go has long stood as a final bulwark against artificial intelligence – the last redoubt for human domination over machines. This week, Google’s DeepMind A.I. system defeated a human champion in a tense game of Go. This is truly an historical milestone in A.I., and a very big step for Google in the machine war (against, most notably, Facebook) in Silicon Valley.

We also check in with efforts to measure the gig economy – with the U.S. Department of Labor working to gauge on-demand workers and get a handle on “contingent worker” and other arrangements.

These stories and more in this week’s Founders Flash!

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