Meet AlphaGo: an Artificial Intelligence (AI) computer program developed by Google DeepMind and the co-star of the new documentary ALPHAGO, which will make its world debut in the Spotlight Documentary Category at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 21.
At its root, AlphaGo was developed to play the ancient Chinese game ‘Go,’ a strategic board game like chess but with more possible moves than there are atoms in the universe. But the possibilities AlphaGo may continue to open span outside the ‘Go’ community and into humanity.
The film intimately chronicles the ultimate test – 2016’s Google DeepMind Challenge Go Match. Go Grandmaster Lee Sedol, widely recognized as one of the world’s greatest Go players, took on AlphaGo, the unproven AI challenger for the historic game in a match watched by almost 100 million people worldwide.
Director Greg Kohs captured the behind-the-scenes moments and lead-up to this innately human story, beautifully layered with a score by LION composer Hauschka. ALPHAGO is by turns a revelatory look at how quickly our future is becoming our present, as well as a powerful story about the people behind both competitors.
Directed by: Greg Kohs
Edited by: Cindy Lee
Music by: Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka)
Produced by: Kevin Proudfoot, Josh Rosen, Gary Krieg
Executed Produced by: Robert Fernandez, Dan Levinson
Featuring: Lee Sedol, Demis Hassabis, David Silver, Fan Hui, Frank Lantz, Lord Martin Rees
Run Time: 90 minutes
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 Google 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.
Directed by Greg Kohs with an original score by Academy Award nominee, Hauschka, AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the halls of Cambridge, through the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of DeepMind in London, and, ultimately, to the seven-day tournament in Seoul. As the drama unfolds, more questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What can it teach us about humanity?
It leaves us asking the question, what can artificial intelligence teach us about humanity?