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From the album R.U.R. by The Shanghai Restoration Project:
Illustrated and animated by Sun Yunfan: instagram.com/eighthday/
Music by Sun Yunfan & Dave Liang
Neocha interview about video: neocha.com/magazine/alpha-go/
The game of Go is considered the world’s most mathematically complex board game. Go, along with the zither (music), calligraphy (writing), and painting, were the four essential arts of a cultured person in ancient China. “Alpha Go” is a tribute to the recent defeat of the world’s top Go player by a Google developed AI. The most advanced version of this AI required only basic rules of the game to win, rendering thousands of years of accumulated human wisdom and strategy obsolete. The animation conveys a sense of urgency and anxiety but also the seductiveness of accelerated technological advancement. Inevitably we will soon see superior music, literature, and arts produced by AI.