On the morning of September 24th, 2016, a subforum of the 6th China Intelligent Industry Summit Forum – “AlphaGo start the era of general intelligence” was held in the third floor international hall of Empark Hotel in Binhu. The report of this special forum was hosted by Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence and was organized by Beijing Wantong Technology Co., Ltd. and Go Professional Committee of CAAI (preparing to found). Yang Fangchun, CAAI executive vice president and professor of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications was specially invited as the host. Experts and national team athletes in the field of Go as well as the elites in the field of artificial intelligence shared the key points of artificial intelligence and Go, discussed the challenge to the field of Go under the background of AlphaGo's man-machine game and depicted the cross-discipline prospects of Chinese Go in the context of artificial intelligence development.
The Overthrowing from AlphaGo
At the beginning of the sub-forum, the topic of AlphaGo development from the perspective of artificial intelligence was proposed. Later, Wang Runan, the chairman of the Chinese Weiqi Association, said in his speech that AlphaGo has brought a huge impact on the world of Go, which has subverted the traditional perception of software playing chess game and man-machine confrontation. Teacher Wang also pointed out that supported by massive amount of big data support and numerous artificial intelligence, AlphaGo not only have far-reaching influence in the field of Go. Its self-considering, self-thinking artificial intelligence has great potential for the future development of our entire industry.
Then, Liu Zhiqing, the director of CAAI and the head of the Computer Go Institute of BUPT, gave his unique insights. Prof Liu used the example of AlphaGo's game with Lee Sedol to point out the “learning process” of AlphaGo with the help of artificial intelligence. It also explained why the technical breakthrough of AlphaGo has such a big effect, and supplements AlphaGo from the perspective of technology and Go. How to break through the barrier of this knowledge. Later, Prof Liu published a deep understanding and view of AlphaGo, that is, the technical breakthrough of artificial intelligence Go marks the arrival of artificial general intelligence. He believes that artificial intelligence is not only playing its role in Go. Through a deep learning neural network, an enhanced learning algorithm, it can be applied to other fields.
After a thorough arrangement, the guests and audience of the venue had a deeper understanding of artificial general intelligence. Then Dr. Liu Chunfang of Tsinghua University published a keynote speech entitled "Deep confrontation: AlphaGo's evolutionary way", expounding the AlphaGo computing system and computational methodology from an academic perspective. Professor Liu summarized the characteristics of AlphaGo's artificial intelligence technology used in combination of deep learning, potential scenario simulation, deep learning-Monte Carlo search tree combination, and believed that the emergence of AlphaGo marks the application of neural network and reinforcement learning to human-level artificial intelligence. It is a milestone. AlphaGo is a confrontation under complete information, and the challenge of mixing intelligence in the future is confrontation in the state of incomplete information. In the future machine learning and artificial intelligence will use it to change this society, we will have a machine that thinks like human beings, even better than humans.
After the expert speech, the national team member and the world champion Kong Jie also explained the three games he played with AlphaGo to the guests and the audience. Through the lively and interesting practical explanations of Kong Jie, the audience and the audience opened their horizon and understood the way of thinking of AlphaGo. At the same time, Kong Jie believes that AlphaGo represents a bunch of people and machines to win a person. In fact, he feels that AlphaGo's breakthrough and its way of thinking are very similar to human professional players.
Focusing on the topic of Go, the theory and practice are parallel, both enriching the theme of the forum “AlphaGo opens the era of general intelligence”. At last, the guests who participated in the speeches at the conference started a discussion and opinion confrontation, and the whole forum was brought to a climax. The forum not only made attending Go fans listen happily, but also led to the extensive thinking of artificial intelligence across the disciplines.
Shouting for the general intelligence era
It is true that the human-machine war between AlphaGo and Lee Sedol goes far beyond the scope of Go itself. What we should think more about is the deep meaning brought about by the emergence of AlphaGo, which is to open the era of general intelligence. This is a wonderful sub-forum. This is also a special featured one in the many sub-forums of the 6th China Intelligent Industry Summit Forum. If this sub-forum marks a handshake between the field of artificial intelligence and the art of Go, then it is also a joint scream of the academic world of the Go and the field of artificial intelligence researching.