AlphaGo’s S’pore connection/ How to create creative S’poreans

In Uncategorized on 14/03/2016 at 7:08 am

A computer program has beaten a master Go player 3-0 in a best-of-five competition, in what is seen as a landmark moment for artificial intelligence.

Google’s AlphaGo program was playing against Lee Se-dol in Seoul, in South Korea. (BBC report)

Did you know the mum of the guy behind AlphaGo is S’porean?

The London-born son of a Chinese-Singaporean mother and a father of Greek-Cypriot descent, Mr Hassabis is a modern polymath whose career path has seen him become a chess prodigy, master computer programmer, video games designer and neuroscientist.

These experiences led him to create DeepMind in 2010, alongside Mustafa Suleyman, a technologist and childhood friend of Mr Hassabis, and Shane Legg, whom he met when they were postgraduates studying neuroscience at University College London. The artificial intelligence group was acquired by Google for £400m in 2014. (Report in FT)

Maybe the best way to create creative S’poreans is to get S’porean women to migrate to creative hotspots (think London, NY, Silicon Valley, anywhere but S’pore) and partner talents?


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