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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Thought-provoking docu on relationship of AI to humans.

Movie NR 2017 90 minutes
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This documentary isn't for everyone, but for those fascinated by artificial intelligence and the future possibilities of the technology, there's plenty to discover and think about. AlphaGo manages to tell a story filled with the unexpected, with a sense of what's at stake for both Sedol and the DeepMind programmers, so that those who are unfamiliar with Go can still become absorbed in the action. Even with excitable color commentators detailing the moves and what they mean, actually watching Go from the outside isn't the most interesting visual experience, but AlphaGo makes it clear that what's happening is so much more than white-and-black stones placed on a square grid.

And even as DeepMind's AI victories are viewed as tremendous progress, and the viewer is happy for the DeepMind coders who made it happen, Sedol emerges as an underdog who you can't help but root for. HIs frustrations, his constant attempts to change strategy from game to game, his desire to win borne not out of statistics but out of the core of humanity itself that wants to find ways to win, reveals so much. What really emerges is something mutually beneficial in the relationship between man and machine that's suggested here. In other words: the idea that humanity will also evolve from these interactions with AI.

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