AlphaGo (8.0)

Most people who have followed the advancement of Artificial Intelligence in the past few years have heard of the Chinese game Go. Unlike chess, in order to beat a human a machine cannot rely simply on computational power by calculating all possible moves and strategizing accordingly. There are more potential moves in Go than there are atoms in the observable universe therefore in order to beat a human, a machine must be able to follow similar logic and intuition. This documentary explores the deep-learning processes and neural networks that were developed in order to challenge professional Go players around the world.

One of the most fascinating takeaways from this movie is how deep rooted some cultural components are in societies across the world. While I had never heard the name Lee Sedol before, his title as undisputed number one Go player in the world made him a massive celebrity in South Korea and had cameras flocking to him anywhere he went. Go is such a popular game in Korea that almost every single person plays or knows about it, and it is a staple in the early education systems. While it may not seem as extreme to someone living in the West what a remarkable accomplishment was achieved in this movie, the vast implications about where AI is heading are huge. How AI develops, what it is going to affect in the future, and how little we actually know about how AI teaches itself are sure to interest even the least tech-savvy people.

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