Chess Movie Night & Lecture: “Humans v. Engines”

Hart House Chess Club Poster ImageJoin Hart House Chess Club for a movie night, featuring the 2017 award-winning documentary “Alpha Go“, followed by an elite lecture by U of T’s Rhys Rustad-Elliott, creator of the chess engine “Shallow Blue”.

Directed by Greg Kohs with an original score by Academy Award nominee, Hauschka, AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the halls of Oxford, through the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind in London, and ultimately, to a seven-day challenge match in Seoul between “Alpha Go” and Lee Sedol. 

After the movie, we will be joined by Rhys Rustad-Elliott, creator of the chess engine “Shallow Blue” for a guest lecture on Chess, Computers and AI! In the aftermath of “Alpha Zero’s” 25-0 triumph over “Stockfish”, should we be nervous about the evolution of AI? How does one teach an engine how to beat a Grandmaster and what is so special about AI that enables it to overpower computation? 

When: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 6-9 pm
Where: South Sitting Room, Hart House
Cost: Free

Rhys Rustad-Elliott is a Computer Science student at U of T. Originally from Vancouver, he’s had an interest in Computer Science and Software Engineering since elementary school, when he started toying around with simple programs in Python. Nowadays, he’s interested in a wide variety of Computer Science related topics and recently finished work on a chess engine called Shallow Blue (a play on words of Deep Blue).

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