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Watching AlphaGo

Apparently its much stronger while using only 10% of its CPU. (Echoes of the “humans only use 10% of their brain” myth). The interesting thing is that apparently Ke Jie used some of AlphaGo’s opening moves and there’s a weird grouping in the upper left.  (Even though the game was over, I’m watching a ‘real time’ video with commentary….with some web browsing while waiting for moves)

I’m certainly not good enough to comment, but even with a glancing knowledge you can see how AlphaGo has changed the conventional wisdom about the game…


Written by taogaming

May 23, 2017 at 8:22 pm

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  1. I’ve watched the two matches played, and the second was quite fascinating. The commentators had real difficulty evaluating it until fairly late.

    Mark Delano

    May 25, 2017 at 1:48 pm

  2. Another interesting element is that Alpha Go tends to “play down” at the end, cutting off the opponent’s potential avenues while ignoring the margin of victory. I wonder if that could get it into trouble during the pair Go event.

    Mark Delano

    May 25, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    • Yes, one of the comments I remember from the Lee Sedol match was by a pro who said “If my student had played that [a move AlphaGo just made] I would have slapped him.” (Presumably because the move was ‘slack’ … giving away points. But apparently slack moves can solidify a situation.


      May 25, 2017 at 8:09 pm

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