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A timeline of artificial intelligence victories, from 1997-3041

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Dami Lee, The Verge
Dami Lee, The Verge
Dami Lee

This past week, the Go-playing world was rocked by DeepMind AlphaGo's unexpected victory over legendary champion Lee Se-dol. Sure, supercomputers have beaten chessmasters at their own game before, but due to the extremely complex nature of the 5000-year old game of Go, this was an unprecedented upset that experts had predicted wouldn't happen for another 10 years.

So what does this mean for us, and more dramatically, the rest of humanity? Is it time to welcome our new robot overlords? Here's a handy timeline of AI victories to help you make sense of it all.

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