A recent feature in the FT Weekend Magazine about the UK spy agency GCHQ revealed to me one especially surprising titbit: the agency had been inspired to create an internet surveillance system by the Google-owned artificial intelligence (AI) company DeepMind, based on an academic paper about an artificial chess grandmaster.

According to a GCHQ official: “The people who did this at DeepMind, they published all the work, it’s out there, anybody can access it. So we should make use of it.”

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