Last night I was watching the movie, AlphaGo on Netflix. If you’re not familiar with AlphaGo, that’s the deep-learning artificial intelligence company that developed the machine ‘DeepMind’ that beat Lee Sedol (seated on the right); a 9 Dan level Go master. The game of Go is far more complex than chess and the defeat of Sedol harkens back to DeepBlue beating the Russian chess master Garry Kasparov in 1997.
In the best of five matches of man (Sedol) versus machine (DeepMind), DeepMind won four out of five.
What really caught my attention, and the world for that matter, was Game Two when the DeepMind machine made a move that (1) no one expected, and (2) that no human player would ever consider making! The move was ‘intuitively’ obvious…only to the machine!
Move 37 may be the move that AI scientist will look back on as the first time a machine showed human signs of creativity, innovation and, dare I say, boldness.
What makes DeepMind special is its ability to look at different parts of the board, evaluate the positions, calculate the probabilities of winning and even look into the future when making a move. The ability to see 50-60 moves ahead in a game as complex as Go is simply remarkable.
In the world of business, this type of forward-thinking and cognitive power could help us find more efficient ways to organize and run our businesses. And maybe, just maybe, it’ll show us a Move 37 that will allow us to serve our clients in ways we have yet to consider.