Future of Go in Canada Panel Discussion
The Canadian Go Community gathers together to discuss the after-effects of the AlphaGo vs. Lee Sedol Match
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Location: Hart House Music Room
7 Hart House Circle,Toronto, ON
6:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Remarks
7:30 p.m. Panel discussions
Topic #1 The after-effects of AlphaGo for the Go community
Topic #2 The future of Go education
Topic #3 The AI side of AlphaGo—what’s next for humans?
8:30 p.m. Open Q&A
The Canadian Go Association and leaders in the Go community will be hosting a media conference and panel discussion on March 31, 2016. The panel discussion will provide insights into AlphaGo’s impact on the Go community in Canada and exchange views on the future of Go education and AI teaching programs.
The five match challenge began in Seoul on March 9 and ended on March 15 with Google’s AI securing four wins out five matches against the World’s Go Champion, Lee Sedol. Aside from pure strategy and tactics, Go also employs human decision making and intuition, which is one of many reasons why it was hard for computer programs to beat.
Millions of people watched the games and were awed by the power of AlphaGo’s learning ability. However, AlphaGo’s challenge is not yet over—the 18-year-old Chinese Go champion Ke Jie is planning to challenge AlphaGo. He holds an 8-2 record against Lee Sedol since late 2015 and is the only player to win two world championships since 2011.
DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis has also said about plans to test a version without any of the human training.
“Currently, AlphaGo plays with a very ’human’ style. There has been discussion of training AlphaGo without the 100K human game data set. If it can be done, I'm wondering if AlphaGo will continue to play with such a human style, or if we will see many new opening patterns,” said James Sedgwick, President of Canadian Go Association.
AlphaGo has definitely popularized the game. “AlphaGo has encouraged more people to learn and play Go, and will surely have more Go players challenge it,” said Johnny Lau, the president of the Toronto Go Club.
The Future of Go Panel Discussion aims to discuss the future of Go development and the future of human interactions with AI teaching programs.
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