AlphaGo

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AlphaGo (2017) is an award-winning documentary film directed by Greg Kohls that follows the creation of an artificial intelligence (AI) agent that is specialised to play the Chinese strategy board game ‘Go’.

Go is a 2-player game that has been played for over 3000 years (DeepMind, 2018). The objective of the game is to surround more territory on the board than your opponent. Despite the rules seeming simple the game is profoundly complicated given that the number of possible configurations of the board is more than the number of atoms in the universe.

AlphaGo, an AI program was developed that combines “search tree with deep neutral networks” (DeepMind, 2018) in order to successfully beat a human player. The program was first developed by DeepMind Technologies in the UK and is now owned by Google.

Over time, AlphaGo became increasingly stronger, mimicking the human player and learning from its errors. Since…

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