‘AlphaGo’ (2017)

Will A.I. change the way we look at ourselves as a species?


Our weekly documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE.

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 the power of artificial intelligence. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and A.I. collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition spearheaded by Google, entitled, “The DeepMind Challenge Match.” Millions watched as the legendary Go master battled with unproven AI challenger and its team of operators in this historic event. What everyone learned was truly profound, and also deeply unsettling. What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? At what point does A.I. eclipse the utility of human-to-human competitions? Will it change the way we look at ourselves as a species?

Run time: 1 hour 30 min
Director: Greg Kohs
Production: Moxie Pictures (2017)