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  • Writer's pictureGina Greenlee, Author

Film Festival #4: AlphaGo

Asian man playing chess

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 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.

On paper, a 90-minute documentary involving the playing of a 3,000-year-old Chinese board game wouldn’t seem to lend itself to adjectives like “lively” and “compelling,” but darned if Greg Kohs’ “AlphaGo” isn’t those things and more. Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

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Greg Kohs, Director

Cindy Lee, Editor

Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka), Composer


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