Music, painting, poetry, and Human vs Machine at the game of Go
Art and Science
AlphaGo - The Movie
The first time i got introduced to the game of Go was through a Japanese anime called 'Hikaru no Go'. I've never played it myself, but can see how it would completely consume the human mind because of the game's similarity to life itself.
As it turns out, Go is a strategy board game that "was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day." (from Wikipedia) The game has more possible board configurations than there are atoms in the universe.
What is particularly striking about Go is that players sometimes play so-called "divine moves," which are totally unexpected and even incomprehensible game-changing moves that are more akin to artistic creation than rule-based logic.
This documentary shows the pinnacle of artificial intelligence research, and sets that pinnacle against one of the most brilliant Go players in history, a Korean multiple-time world champion named Lee Sedol.
Lee Sedol plays 5 games against AlphaGo, the product of an AI research firm called DeepMind Technologies, acquired by Google in 2014.
The match takes place in March 2016 in Seoul, South Korea.
The film is the most honest portrayal of artificial intelligence that i've ever seen. AlphaGo learns how to play the game of Go to the ultimate level reached by humans, but it takes a lot of resources to do so, and the rules of Go are very simple because after all, it's just a board game.
And yet the best Go players in the world also get influenced by the seemingly illogical moves that the AlphaGo AI makes, so there's this give-and-take between human and machine, where they effectively learn from each other.
But of course, life is infinitely more complex than a board game...