While the artificial intelligence industry has been around for 60 years, it wasn’t until AlphaGo’s landslide victory over Korean Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol that AI returned to the spotlight.

Se-Dol’s match with AlphaGo brought more attention to the emerging sector, and it also put AI technology under tougher scrutiny from industry experts.

Some scientists argued that artificial intelligence might be the most apocalyptic technology of all. This view has an eager audience, including tech giants from Bill Gates to Elon Musk. The legendary astrophysicist Stephen Hawking went even further, remarking that “the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.