The Woods Hole Public Library will be continuing its autumn film series in October with a virtual showing of AlphaGo. As with the rest of the films in the library’s autumn series, this is made available through ROCO Films, courtesy of a special grant.
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. The best-of-five-game competition, coined The DeepMind Challenge Match, pitted a legendary Go master against an Artificial Intelligence program that was still learning to play the world’s most complex board game. AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the back streets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind in London, and, ultimately, to the seven-day tournament in Seoul.
As the drama unfolds before an audience of over 280 million viewers worldwide, more questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What will it teach us about humanity? It is directed by Greg Kohs with an original score by Academy Award nominee, Hauschka.
The film will be available to stream between noon on Friday, October 15, and noon on Monday, October 18. Interested viewers must pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 508-548-8961 to receive the link to the film.