AlphaGo – The Movie is available to watch free on YouTube. It’s the story of the development of the AI AlphaGo culminating in a 5 game Go match with Lee Sedol, the Korean Go champ who dominated the game for a decade.
Unlike in the African-American folk tale, Lee Sedol was not battling a steam drill, but rather an AI, a computer program using machine learning and neuro-networks.
I watched this series of games when they were being played, and still the film caught the tremendous drama. When Lee Sedol came up with the winning move in game 4 – the only game he was to win, it was hailed by Chinese player Gu Li as the “God Move”. As far as I know, that game was the only game in which a top Go professional defeated any of the versions of AlphaGo.
Since this match, more top Go bots have been created – Leela, KataGo, Handol and more, AIs that are 2 stones stronger than top human pros, even 3 stones stronger than some pros.
AlphaGo – The Movie is both informative and entertaining. It was not lost on me that while it was a machine dominating Lee Sedol over the Go board, behind that machine was a large team of humans, and as it is stated in the film, the AI is very much a human endeavor.
What are the implications of neuro-networks and machine learning for our future? For instance, can AIs be used to help develop vaccines or treatments for the pandemic we’re currently facing? I don’t have a sense where AI research is post-AlphaGo. It’s a fascinating field, and AlphaGo – The Movie is well worth your time watching.