That smarts. When a Google-owned development company successfully humbled the greatest Go players in the world using its AlphaGo program, it was a triumph of AI. Google’s DeepMind perfected the program so the digital student becomes the master, capable of teaching itself. The news was greeted by many as heralding the end times for humankind, but proponents say the technology can provide huge benefits. From improving the accuracy and efficiency of everything from protein-folding and radiography to workflows, our robot-dominated future’s so bright we’ll have to wear Google Glass.