(Express) – A Google artificial intelligence system is showing signs of insight, creativity and the ability to think for itself – triggering conspiracy theorists to talk of the “Terminator moment’ where machines finally begin to outstrip – and maybe annihilate – humans. Concepts such as insight and reflection were thought to be beyond a computer’s capability – but researchers using the world’s most powerful electronic brain

Google’s AlphaZero say they are now convinced their machine is capable of human-type insight and thought. The concept of computers becoming self-aware is the basis of swathes of science fiction and especially the series of Terminator films which see mankind fighting for its life against the machines. And in what might be considered as the real life Judgement Day, Google’s AlphaZero mastered chess in just under four hours even though it was not programmed as such – it “learned” the game. READ MORE