(Greg Kohs, France/South Korea/U.S., 2017, 91 min.)
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 AI 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. “AlphaGo” chronicles a journey from the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind, to Seoul, where man and machine face off. As the drama unfolds, questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3,000-year-old game? And, more compellingly, what might it teach us about humanity?
In English & Korean with English subtitles.
All SLIFF programs at Webster University are free in 2017 except for The Blot (with live accompaniment by the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra) on Nov. 12. Tickets for that special event are $15, with no discounts or passes accepted. Advance tickets for The Blot are for sale online through Brown Paper Tickets. In the "Search Events"box, enter either the name of the film or SLIFF. Free programs and master classes require no tickets and are first come, first served.
Saturday, November 4 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Browning Hall, Interdisciplinary Science Building
8274 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63119