Lee Sedol, former world champion, and legendary Go player today announced his retirement with the quote "Even if I become the No. 1, there is an entity that cannot be defeated".

Is it possible that AIs could kill the joy of competitive games(Go, chess, Dota 2, etc.) or (thinking more futuristic with humanoid AIs) in sports?

What happens if AIs gets better than us at painting and making music. Will we still appreciate it in the same way we do now?

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    $\begingroup$ Does the fact that men are better at running 100m sprint race killed the joy of competitive sports (running) in women? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 12:32
  • $\begingroup$ I have worried this fact a few times ago :/ $\endgroup$
    – malioboro
    Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 13:08

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Chess has been "solved" by AI much longer than GO (chess engines even before AI are way too strong for human players) and still people are playing and competing.

Simply put competition and sports live from the human element. Humans competing against each other will still create the same joy for most people regardless of the fact that all involved players might lose against a computer.

Some select individuals on the highest level might be put off by the new reality but it won't be the end of competition.

No human is faster than a car and yet we still celebrate running competitions.

Indeed I think long-term we will gain entertainment by watching different AIs and models compete against each other in chess or Go.


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