This was one of the few mistakes the robot made. Backgammon is now the first board or card game with, in effect, a machine world champion. Checkers, chess, go, and the rest will follow—and probably quite soon. But what does this mean for us, for our sense of uniqueness and worth—especially as machines evolve whose output we can less and less distinguish from our own?
Profile of Marvin Minsky from 1981.