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 Post subject: “AlphaGo—A Documentary” (90 min) by Greg Kohs
Post #1 Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:37 am 
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“AlphaGo—A Documentary”, directed by Greg Kohs (90 min)

https://tribecafilm.com/filmguide/alphago-2017

See also: http://www.alphagomovie.com/

Sadly nothing yet to be seen.


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Post #2 Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:55 pm 
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And they've already sold all of the advance tickets! Hope this bodes well for a more general release...


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Post #3 Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:53 am 
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Hajin Lee review

https://medium.com/@hajinlee/alphago-fi ... 2b70d33e92

MIT Technology Review

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/6042 ... elligence/


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Post #4 Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:20 am 
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Now you can buy or rent the movie:

https://play.google.com/store/movies/de ... lEPiSy4SBE

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/B077KBJ5ZM

Allegedly it will appear on other platforms also, beginning December 8th, 2017.

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Post #5 Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:02 pm 
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I decided to rent the documentary and watch it over the weekend.

It makes you feel bad for Lee Sedol and want to root against Deepmind. There was only one member of the team that empathized with Lee Sedol (a woman, unsurprisingly) and actually felt bad for him after losing repeatedly while playing his heart out. The rest of the time it felt like the team only cared about how well Alpha Go did. I understand their research is important to them and they don't want to lose as that would reflect badly on all their work up til then, but they at least could have showed some compassion towards Lee Sedol. Only Fan Hui really understood what Lee was going through. .


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Post #6 Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:11 am 
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Available on Netflix finally :)


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Post #7 Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:43 am 
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Watched it. Enjoyed it immensely.
They only explained Go a bit - good for me. It was pretty much focused on emotions of Fan Hui - AG and mostly Lee Sedol - AG. You can really see and feel the pressure on all sides. Especially Lee Sedol after game two, he was pretty down.
Interesting was to observe, a) the Asians clearly have not experienced getting beaten by a machine b) (melting) excuses but still excuses c) Human beings need to humanize the machine ("now AG wants to humiliate him") d) still, I've seen great sportsmanship.I loved to see the korean side of the broadcast, there was much more going on, liked the korean Go commentator to the right of the board.
Well the win of Lee Sedol, they were happy, but what I saw was just whatever lack in algorithms/bugs after Lee Sedols great move,
and AG "went crazy".


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Post #8 Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:02 am 
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i did watch it yesterday. It was really well made. Being a documentary film director myself, i prefer documentary films wich are a little bit less "perfect" with more uncommented observations, not so much staging, but i think in this case, this form really was well chosen. If they would have made it more "arthouse", it would not fit for such a huge netflix-audience.

Lee Sedols emotional interview towards the end almost made me weep a bit. :shock:
I really like how they build the narrativ in a "positive" direction... it was so sad for many people that Lee Sedol has lost, but they found a perspective & the right words (read/said by Fan Hui) that left the viewer with a positive feeling.

... this machine was build by humans.
... this AI thing can help humans.
... this can help us to even understand GO in a better way & and can lead to revolutionary understanding of the game.

(especially this point was important, and emphasized by the Lee Sedol interview... it was deeply inspiring to him, although he was, at first, sad that he lost)

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