American Go E-Journal

Seattle Go Center to require instructors to wear lab coats

Monday April 1, 2019

The Seattle Go Center is pivoting to teaching the science of playing Go, instead of the art of Go playing, according to Program Manager Mike Malveaux.  Lab coat with Mike Malveaux sq crop copy“Our latest class, held on Wednesdays, is on programming computers in Python with Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning techniques, loosely following Deep Learning and the Game of Go by Max Pumperla and Kevin Ferguson.”  Operations Manager Brian Allen notes that some of the Go Center instructors have impressive scientific credentials.  For example, Yue Zhang has a Phd in Paleontology, in addition to being a 7 dan Go player. Lab Coat with Display Board sq crop copy To emphasize their connection to science, all teachers will be required to wear lab coats with Seattle Go Center logo patches.  “In the age of AlphaGo and Leela, our members expect this,” he reports. Visiting instructors will be allowed to wear ethnic costumes, such as two-piece business suits, if they want.  - report by Brian Allen.  photos: (left) Mike Malveaux by Brian Allen; (right) Yue Zhang by Mike Malveaux.