|AlphaGo The Movie - Who Is The Hero|
|Written by Lucy Black|
|Saturday, 14 October 2017|
Update: January 3rd 2018 - Now on Netflix
The big problem with this movie if you interested in the background story of Lee Sedol, Alpha Go and Go in general is the difficulty in getting to see it. It had a few showings at film festivals and small specialist theaters but now you can watch it on Netflix. A tweet from the official AlphaGo Movie account announced that it would be available on the 25th December and again that it was available on the 1st of January:
The movie currently has a Rotten Tomato rating of 100%. We will have to see if this changes with a wider exposure. Why not watch it and tell us what you think in the comments?
Since the Lee Sedol match we have seen Alpha Go beat the top player in China and undergo a complete revamp to make it even more powerful.
Original News - October 14, 2017
AlphaGo The Movie - Who Is The Hero?
A movie about a program that beats a human at a game? Probably not what you might expect, but AlphaGo is a movie about man versus machine and in this case the machine wins.
This is a movie that will say a lot about how you think and what you know. It tells the story of the defeat of Lee Sedol, a world leading player of Go. If you are interested in AI you will already know the story.
Plucky new comer to the AI field DeepMind thought that it could do what no one else had - create a program that would play the very difficult and subtle game of Go better than any human. Go is very hard to even start to attack because it is a game of spatial reasoning and strategy. By comparison chess is easy, for AI to tackle that is.
After five games, and against every expert's expectations, the score was AlphaGo 4 : Lee Sedol 1. It didn't really matter that the machine lost one game, the point was proved.
Only this isn't the story that the film tells. Instead it focuses on the defeat of humanity, or more exactly a single man, but we all know that one small defeat for man is a giant defeat for mankind. The film synopsis reads:
"With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of ‘Go’ has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On March 9 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined The Google DeepMind Challenge Match. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched as a legendary Go master took on an unproven AI challenger for the first time in history.
Directed by Greg Kohs with an original score by Academy Award nominee, Hauschka, AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the halls of Oxford, through the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of DeepMind in London, and, ultimately, to the seven-day tournament in Seoul. As the drama unfolds, more questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What can it teach us about humanity?"
Take a look at the official trailer:
The film ends with the question of what is next for AlphaGo?
The answer is that as a mystery player in online contests with the assumed names Master and Magister, it took on the top professional Go players, one by one and emerged victorious on each occasion. It then beat the world’s number one player, Ke Jie, at the Future of Go Summit in China in match which it won 3:0. It also proved an unassailable match for humans on other Go formats, such as Pair Go. However, all the human players involved concluded that the game of Go benefited from AlphaGo's involvement with this comment from Gu Li summing up the reaction of professionals who had encountered the machine:
“AlphaGo’s self play games are incredible - we can learn many things from them.”
The summit in China also marked the end of AlphaGo's career. DeepMind is officially no longer working on AlphaGo - preferring to develop programs that might be commercially profitable.
Is this the moment we will remember as the one that AI finally exceeded human abilities?
Almost certainly not, but it is a good movie and I wish there were more like it.
It is being screened around the world. See the movie's web site for details.
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