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Alpha Go

A journey from the halls of Cambridge to Seoul, where a legendary Go master faces an unproven AI challenger.

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the observable universe, the ancient Chinese game of 'Go' has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. In 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched as a legendary Go master took on an unproven artificial intelligence challenger for the first time in history, AlphaGo.

Before the screening, Professor Thore Graepel will tell the inside story of the AI's development from its first formal match against the European Champion Fan Hui to its landmark win against the legendary player Lee Sedol. He will also explain how its inventive winning moves overturned conventional wisdom about this ancient game and what they might mean for the future of AI.

US 2017 Dir Greg Kohs 90 mins

Presented in partnership with the London Mathematical Laboratory


About the speaker

Professor Thore Graepel is a principal research scientist at DeepMind, the world’s leading AI research organisation. He was a member of the team that developed ‘AlphaGo’, the first computer program to defeat a human professional player in the full-sized game of Go, a feat previously thought to be at least a decade away. He is also Professor of Computer Science at UCL.

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