My friend was only partially sold. What was the equivalent for her now?
That’s when I remembered a third Go champion who played AlphaGo but wasn’t in the documentation. This is Kejie. In 2017, months after the Lee match, he was 19 and the best player in the world after beating Lee in three consecutive championships. Like Fan and Lee, Ke lost to AlphaGo, leaving AlphaGo with no human to beat.
But Ke’s reaction is the most interesting, and also the most hopeful, in my opinion. Pre-AlphaGo, Ke, a teenager with world-class skills, was also a world-class brat, famous for resisting Go’s culture of humility. For example, when Ke challenged Lee to a match, he posted a video of himself as a boxer beating up Lee, demonstratively bragging and baiting his opponents.
However, after Ke’s defeat by DeepMind’s AI, he went through a remarkable transformation. He has since displayed an attitude of irony, playfulness and humility in television appearances, becoming a popular crowd favorite in the process. Looking for lessons again, I can’t help but notice Ke’s extreme youth — 15 years younger than Lee, 16 years younger as a fan — and wonder if he’s less invested in a certain kind of appreciation and self-image. Perhaps that is why he was better able to fundamentally change his relationship to the world.
Also important to this story is that unlike Fan, whose move to interim AI Research Advisor could be seen as a demotion from European Go Champion, Ke’s pivot allowed him to stay at the top of the game.
The pivot off World’s Best Player in Mankind’s Most Logically Complex Game to Comedian is quite dramatic though, and I think the magnitude of that swing reflects the depth of the changes coming down the tube. And if Ke Jie has to do that, what does that mean for the rest of us? My guess is that economic concerns will dominate in the years to come, but once that’s resolved where will the status resurface as the core competencies of art, design, science, law, medicine and engineering are swallowed up by GPT-7?
Webb himself thought the human niche would be closer to judgment “where it matters that a human makes the decision.” For a judge, politician, or newspaper editor, for example: “We know we could get the AI to do this for us – we could ask it to tell us what to do – but we’d rather it be done by.” let a human do it. ”
Again, the avant-garde of Go and chess – “solved” by AI two decades earlier – offer us tea leaves to guess if we decide to read them. In these worlds, Ke Jie isn’t the only high-level genius spinning like him; Magnus Carlsen, the world’s top chess player, has become known in recent years for his “interesting” gameplay in response to AI creating an undeniable hierarchy of opening moves. Even more heretical, players of much lower skill levels are beginning to overtake the old masters in popularity: the likeable and attractive Botez sisters are the second most streamed chess players, while having ELO ratings that are nowhere near the best in the world . And Zhan Ying, a Chinese Go player with a skill level well below that of Ke Jie, briefly dethroned him as the world’s most watched Go player recently.
If this trend is any indication, we should expect softer skills — humor, presence, personality — to become the game. Seen in this way, we may already be halfway without really noticing it: maybe the future belongs to the influencer.