AI: Friend or Foe? AlphaGo's Impact on the World of Go

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Go is an ancient board game from China that dates back over 3,000 years. Over the last 500 years - since the beginning of the professional system in Japan - Go masters have dedicated their lives to understanding Go strategy, building upon the knowledge and wisdom established by top players in previous generations. Professional tournament systems in Japan, China, and Korea have supported the careers of numerous players. In 2016, Google DeepMind shocked the world by demonstrating AlphaGo, a computer AI that defeated a world champion for the first time in history. The rise of superhuman-strength AI has forced Go players to rethink the mission of professional players. If AI can show us the ultimate strategy, why should anyone dedicate one's life to studying Go? At the same time, AlphaGo's moves are inspiring professional players to take their games to the next level, revealing powerful new strategies and reviving old techniques that had fallen out of favor in contemporary Go. I will discuss the impact of Go-playing AI on the world of Go from the perspective of a former Go professional and organizer of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match.

Hajin Lee (University of Geneva)
Seminar, November 29, 2017


zwenqi says:

Great presentation!

John Ferguson says:

Volume volume and volume Please fix it and tell us when you do. Then I will also be able to enjoy it.

dohduhdah says:

sadly, the audio is way too soft

Guido 'lenix' Böhm says:

Very nice talk, thank you! The only topic you kind of forgot to mention was what you think about the impact of AI vs. AI competitions – i would imagine that in the future companies will have growing interest in showcasing the capabilities or their individual AIs, and Go has proven to be a very good candidate to do so. So my question kind of is whether you think that Go is deep enough and at the same time clear enough to show the difference of capability of two machines competing in 20 or 50 years from now.

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