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AlphaGo - AIs might make us better humans


Yesterday I watched AlphaGo, a documentary on Netflix about the legendary match between a top Go player, Lee Sedol and the AI that Google Deepmind created.

I won't spoiler the details of the matches because I didn't know them either before watching the movie. I knew the overall outcome, but I didn't know the specifics. If you haven't seen it I think it's worth finding out in real time so I avoided Googling about it for a long time :D. The documentary is well made.

The monumental feat to create an AI that can play what is considered one the most complicated board games is definitely impressive.

Lee Sedol's skills are definitely impressive.

What made me think the most and stuck with me is a concept that was repeated more than one time in the film. I'm not quoting here but paraphrasing:

The machine taught me something new about what it means to be a human

To me that's the WOW part of the documentary. Yes we can talk about AI and neural networks, yes we are technicians yadda yadda but we're humans first and well, if we don't screw it up and stop making AIs to show us yet another picture of a dog on Instagram, we have the potential to truly make something mind blowing (well aside using CRISPR but that's another story for another day :D).

AIs that ultimately change or expand our understanding of who we are in the first place.

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Peter Kim Frank

I loved this documentary. It was surprisingly emotional and human for a film that seemed like it might be fairly dry and technical.

Thanks for starting this discussion, and definitely recommend to anyone out there who might want to watch it too.

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Ben Halpern

Ooooh I didn't know about this doc. Can't wait to watch it!