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Pairs including human and AI players to play Go at the World championship in Vladivostok

Timur Sankin, the Champion of Russia 2018, reflects on a go board. Photo: 41st World Amateur Go Championship 2021 press service. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

VLADIVOSTOK, Feb 9, 2021, Pan Pacific Agency. The tournament of pairs including a human and artificial intelligence (AI) will be held for the first time during the 41st World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC-2021, scheduled for June 3-7 in the city of Vladivostok, Russia). Human participants will play Go game using digital assistants based on AI, that will be developed by schoolchildren and students at the “Mind Games” hackathon, the press service of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) “Kruzhok Movement” told Pan Pacific Agency.

The coutry-wide hackathon “Mind Games” will take place in April-May 2021. In a few days, the teams of the participants will have to develop a training interface that strengthens any person when playing Go and thereby increases its chances of winning.

“With AlphaGo’s victory over the world’s strongest Go players, a new era in the development of AI began. Now we are faced with the task to determine conditions and areas where a person and AI can learn and work together more effectively than separately. On this view, Go is a good platform for working out new principles of human-AI interaction,” Dmitry Zemtsov, leader of the NTI’s “Kruzhok Movement”, said.

The hackathon team’s solutions will be presented at the Genius Extreme World Go Festival, which will be held on the sidelines of the WAGC-2021. During the Championship, a “digital centaurs”, i.e. Go players with AI digital assistants, to compete with each other. As expected, the tournament will be attended by players of all skill levels – from champions to newcomers, including representatives of business and govts.

Russian version of this article is available here.

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