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AlphaGo film finds the humanity in the code

Saturday April 22, 2017

Machine beat man last year but at last night’s world premiere of “AlphaGo,” the people were the stars. The documentary about the 2016 AlphaGo-Lee Sedol match screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and “chronicles Google’s DeepMind team as it prepares to test the limits of its rapidly-evolving AI technology,” writes Tribeca film programmer Ian Hollander. “The film pits machine against 2017.04.22_alphago-premiere-panelman, and reveals as much about the workings of the human mind as it does the future of AI.” The film has four more showings at Tribeca this week (Sunday at 4:15, Monday 6:15, Wednesday 9:15 and Thursday 4p) and will then screen Friday night at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre in Washington, DC to cap the Grand Opening of the National Go Center (stay tuned for details on tickets).

Director Greg Kohs has pulled off the impressive feat of making a film about go that will appeal to both players and non-players. There is, of course, plenty of go, and, for those who followed last year’s match, the film offers a chance not only to revisit the most momentous match in go history, but to venture behind the scenes to see what the DeepMind crew was seeing, thinking and feeling as their creation took on the legendary Lee Sedol. Kohs’ team also captures wonderful small moments that will resonate with go players, like a close-up of Lee’s fingers tapping as he considers a move, or a longshot of Lee from above on an empty terrace as he smokes a cigarette while AlphaGo, oblivious to the presence or absence of its opponent, plays move 37, the famous gasp-inducing shoulder-hit in Game 2. Kohs then takes us inside the AlphaGo team’s room where they explain that that the program calculated that there was a one-in-ten-thousand chance that a human would make that move, yet decided to play it anyway. 

As fascinating as it is to finally “see” AlphaGo in the whiteboard scribbles, screens of data and the laptop that sits next to programmer Aja Huang as he plays AlphaGo’s moves, it’s the dramatic and ultimately deeply emotional and satisfying journey of the DeepMind team that really drives the film. CEO Demis Hassabis, along with programmers Aja Huang and David Silver, are all clearly brilliant and intensely driven, but like go professional Fan Hui, they find beauty and poetry in the lines of code that increasingly shape all our lives. More than that, they find humanity. “To be a master, you must crush the cage of everything you know,” Fan Hui said after Friday night’s screening. “We asked AlphaGo to win a game,” added David Silver, “but we can use AI to win at other things, to solve other problems.”
- report/photo by Chris Garlock; photo (l-r): “AlphaGo” director Greg Kohs, Fan Hui, David Silver, Demis Hassabis and Wired writer Cade Metz. 

 

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AGA Master Review Series, Game 37: Master [B] vs. Park Yeonghun 9p [W]

Wednesday April 19, 2017

Ryan Li 1p and Stephanie Yin 1p, hosted by Andrew Jackson, provide commentary of Master’s (AlphaGo) 37th game. In this 2017.04.19_AGA Master Review Series, Game 37game, Master plays black against Park Yeonghun 9p.
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Latest AGA Master video commentaries posted: Michael Redmond 9P, Ryan Li 1P & Stephanie Yin 1P

Saturday April 15, 2017

The AGA’s series of Master video game commentaries continued this week with two new posts:2017.04.15_AGA Master Review Series Game 45

Master 45 with Ryan Li 1p & Stephanie Yin 1p
Ryan Li 1p & Stephanie Yin 1p, hosted by Andrew Jackson, provide commentary of Master’s (AlphaGo) 45th game. In this game, Master plays black against Shi Yue 9p.

Master 23 with Michael Redmond 9p
Michael Redmond 9p and Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal provide commentary and analysis of the twenty-third game of Master (AlphaGo). In this game, Master plays black against an unverified professional player.

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World #1 Ke Jie 9P to take on AlphaGo in China

Monday April 10, 2017

Barely a year after AlphaGo bested Lee Sedol 9P in Seoul, the go-playing AI program has set the global go community abuzz again with plans for a new match, this time against Ke Jie 9P, the top player in the world.

From May 23-27, DeepMind will collaborate with the China Go Association and Chinese Government to bring AlphaGo, 2017.04.10_Ke-JieChina’s top go players, and leading A.I. experts from Google and China together in Wuzhen, one of the country’s most beautiful water towns, for the “Future of Go Summit.”

“Instead of diminishing the game, as some feared, artificial intelligence (A.I.) has actually made human players stronger and more creative,” said DeepMind in its announcement. “It’s humbling to see how pros and amateurs alike, who have pored over every detail of AlphaGo’s innovative game play, have actually learned new knowledge and strategies about perhaps the most studied and contemplated game in history.”

“AlphaGo’s play makes us feel free, that no move is impossible. Now everyone is trying to play in a style that hasn’t been tried before,” said Zhou Ruiyang 9P.

The summit will feature a variety of game formats involving AlphaGo and top Chinese players, specifically designed to explore the mysteries of the game together. The games will include “Pair Go,” a game where one Chinese pro will play against another…except they will both have their own AlphaGo teammate, alternating moves, to take the concept of ‘learning together’ quite literally. “Team Go” — A game between AlphaGo and a five-player team consisting of China’s top pro players, working together to test AlphaGo’s creativity and adaptability to their combined style.

Of course, the centerpiece of the event will be a classic one-on-one 3-game match between AlphaGo and the world’s number one player, Ke Jie 9P, to push AlphaGo to its limits. Interspersed with the games will be a forum on the “Future of A.I.”

Meanwhile, the American Go Association’s video commentaries on the January AlphaGo/Master games continue. Nine commentaries have been posted so far, by Michael Redmond 9P (hosted by Chris Garlock) and Jennie Shen 2P (hosted by Andrew Jackson), with new posts — and new pros — planned for each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

photo: Ke Jie [far right], along with Nie Weiping [next to Ke Jie], Fan Hui [standing] and Gu Li [far left], replays the opening moves of one of AlphaGo’s games with Lee Sedol from memory to explain the beauty of its moves to Google CEO Sundar Pichai during a visit he made to Nie Weiping’s Go school in Beijing last year.

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AGA Master Review Series: Game 15; Master vs. Park Jungwhan 9P

Thursday April 6, 2017

In the latest video commentary in the AGA’s Master Review series, Michael Redmond 9P, hosted by Chris Garlock, takes a 2017.04.06_AGA Master Review Series, Game 15look at a game between Master and Park Jungwhan.

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The top Korean player is usually placed second to Ke Jie in the world ranking systems. “In this game Master shows some very strong fighting on the lower side,” says Redmond.

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New AlphaGo doc premieres at NYC Tribeca filmfest

Saturday April 1, 2017

Man is pitted against machine as the DeepMind AI takes on go grandmaster Lee Sedol in ALPHAGO, a brand-new 2017.04.01AlphaGo-2017 Tribeca Film Festivaldocumentary that will have its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca film festival in New York City later this month. Director Greg Kohs’ absorbing documentary chronicles Google’s DeepMind team as it prepares to test the limits of its rapidly-evolving AI technology. Kohs and his team were on hand last year in Seoul to document the historic battle with more at stake than the million dollar prize, and the film “reveals as much about the workings of the human mind as it does the future of AI.” ALPHAGO screens April 21, 23, 24 and 26; click here for details and tickets.

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Latest AGA pro videos: Jennie Shen 2P on Master vs Tang Weixing 9P; Michael Redmond 9P on his Kiriyama Cup game vs. Kobayashi Izumi 6P

Monday March 27, 2017

In the latest AGA Master Review Series, Jennie Shen 2P, hosted by Andrew Jackson, translates Meng Tailing 6P’s 2017.03.27_AGA Master Review Series, Game 30commentary and adds her own analysis of Master/AlphaGo’s game against Tang Weixing 9P.

And in the latest Redmond’s Reviews, Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock, American Go E-Journal Managing Editor, review Redmond’s recent Kiriyama Cup match against Kobayashi Izumi 6p. See the game record below for additional comments/variations. Both videos are produced by Andrew Jackson and Michael Wanek

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Park Jeong Hwan 9P and Mi Yuting 9P in World Go Championship final

Wednesday March 22, 2017

Park Jeong Hwan 9P and Mi Yuting 9P are facing off for the title in the Nihon Kiin’s “World Go Championship.” The final 2017.03.16_World GO Championshipmatches are being broadcast live now (10p EST) on YouTube, with commentary by Michael Redmond 9P and Anti Tourmanen 1P.  has been posted. Park Junghwan beat DeepZen and Mi Yuting beat Iyama Yuta in the second round, leaving both 2-0. Click here for Round 2 commentary (Part 1); Part 2 is here

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AGA Master Review Series: Game 17; Master vs. Lian Xiao 7P

Wednesday March 22, 2017

In the latest in the AGA Master Review Series,  Michael Redmond 9P, hosted by Chris Garlock, takes a look at the game between Master 9P and Lian Xiao 7P (click here or below). “Lian Xiao is ranked among the top ten players in the world,” Redmond says. “He has a 2017.03.22_AGA Master Review Series, Game 17strong fighting style. In this game Master/AlphaGo plays a truly unorthodox move early in the game, and goes ahead to take control.”

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“I could not find any obvious mistakes to blame for Lian losing the game,” says Redmond, “but think that he placed too much emphasis on local fights while falling behind in the overall position.” As usual, the sgf file here has additional variations.

 

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Park Jeong Hwan 9P and Mi Yuting 9P win first round in Nihon Kiin World Go Championship

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Park Jeong Hwan 9P and Mi Yuting 9P prevailed in the first round of the Nihon Kiin’s “World Go Championship,” held on March 21; the video commentary by Michael Redmond and 2017.03.21_1st World Go Championship2017.03.16_World GO ChampionshipAnti Tourmanen has been posted. This round features Deep Zen Go vs Mi Yuting 9P and Park Jeong Hwan 9P vs Iyama Yuta 9P; click here for commentary Part 1 and commentary Part 2. The tournament continues through March 23 in Osaka, Japan.  The Nihon Kiin is providing live commentaries on YouTube (LIVE as of 11p EST 3/21) by Redmond and Tourmanen.
Note: this post has been updated to reflect that Park Jeong Hwan won in the first round, not Iyama Yuta, as initially reported. 

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