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Beginning Jan. 16, 2019, Seattle Go Center has been hosting a weekly Wednesday 6PM lecture / work / study Meetup focused on programming computers in Python to play the ancient Asian boardgame called "Go" (a.k.a. Baduk or Weiqi).

First things first -- here’s the book we’re organized around:
https://www.manning.com/books/deep-learning-and-the-game-of-go

The initial push will just be to build a Go bot (har har, no, not the Transformers rip off) that you can interact with, and interface to OGS or another online go server. The long term goal is to learn, use, and implement all the techniques used by Google Deep Mind in designing AlphaGo Zero.

We want the barrier to entry to be low, while still allowing people looking for a deeper experience to get it. We recommend this meetup to you, if you have 2 out of 4 of the following:

* some programming experience
* some Go playing experience
* interest in machine learning
* you want to prep for the coming AI War.

Sessions will be led by Eric and Drew, professional programmers with some experience in machine learning -- but not AI/ML experts, so they’ll be learning along with you. If you missed the first sessions in January 2019, that's okay -- we'll help you catch up.

Not yet a strong Go player? No worries; just stick around after the Programming session, and catch Drew's class on Go Basics, where he starts from the absolute fundamentals of capturing stones, and helps you build a solid understanding of the principles of Go.

Seattle Go Center is a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. There's no charge for these sessions, though the usual Seattle Go Center membership policies apply (first 10 visits free; after that, we have a variety of membership options -- see http://www.SeattleGo.org/membership )

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Programming Computer Go and Basics of Go - lecture / study / work sessions

From 6:00 to 7:00, Eric and Drew will lecture and/or lead work/study sessions focused on programming computers in Python to play the ancient Asian boardgame "Go" (bring your laptop!). In Eric's words, "Starting January 16th, 2019, I’ll be leading a meetup for people interested in machine learning at the Seattle Go Center. Participants will learn to program their own go-playing bot, and make it progressively better at defeating humans in a simulated war for the control of finite resources, using AI/ML techniques. Whether you’re Sarah Connor or Gaius Baltar, you should come! The ultimate goal is to have built our own AlphaGo Zero-like reinforcement bots (admittedly they won’t be as strong), and to have learned how the machine learning techniques work. Along the way, we might take some segues to look at github projects like Leela Zero, minigo, etc. Also, it might be fun to look at programs that do Berlekamp’s mathematical endgame calculations." Initial sessions will be structured around the book "Deep Learning and the Game of Go" by Max Pumperla and Kevin Ferguson (available from Manning Publications). The first sessions will be aimed at writing a Go bot that you can interact with, and interface to OGS or another online Go server. The long term goal is to learn, use, and implement all the techniques used by google deep mind in designing AlphaGo Zero. From 7:00 to 8:30, Drew will lecture about "Go Basics". Starting from first principles of capturing, cutting, and connecting, he will cover the basics of Go, and build toward a solid understanding of the game. This will be great for programmers who are interested in Go, but haven't really played very much (or at all). As of January 2019, this is the planned agenda. It might get modified to suit the needs of the participants and presenters. Most likely there will be opportunities for casual play, for those who are interested. There's no charge for these sessions, but Seattle Go Center does have an admissions policy: first ten visits are free; after that, there are membership options for every budget. ($5/day, or 10 visits card for $35 ($25 with student ID); etc.) Seattle Go Center is a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to teaching and promoting the game of Go. See you soon at the Go Center!

Programming Computer Go and Basics of Go - lecture / study / work sessions

From 6:00 to 7:00, Eric and Drew will lecture and/or lead work/study sessions focused on programming computers in Python to play the ancient Asian boardgame "Go" (bring your laptop!). In Eric's words, "Starting January 16th, 2019, I’ll be leading a meetup for people interested in machine learning at the Seattle Go Center. Participants will learn to program their own go-playing bot, and make it progressively better at defeating humans in a simulated war for the control of finite resources, using AI/ML techniques. Whether you’re Sarah Connor or Gaius Baltar, you should come! The ultimate goal is to have built our own AlphaGo Zero-like reinforcement bots (admittedly they won’t be as strong), and to have learned how the machine learning techniques work. Along the way, we might take some segues to look at github projects like Leela Zero, minigo, etc. Also, it might be fun to look at programs that do Berlekamp’s mathematical endgame calculations." Initial sessions will be structured around the book "Deep Learning and the Game of Go" by Max Pumperla and Kevin Ferguson (available from Manning Publications). The first sessions will be aimed at writing a Go bot that you can interact with, and interface to OGS or another online Go server. The long term goal is to learn, use, and implement all the techniques used by google deep mind in designing AlphaGo Zero. From 7:00 to 8:30, Drew will lecture about "Go Basics". Starting from first principles of capturing, cutting, and connecting, he will cover the basics of Go, and build toward a solid understanding of the game. This will be great for programmers who are interested in Go, but haven't really played very much (or at all). As of January 2019, this is the planned agenda. It might get modified to suit the needs of the participants and presenters. Most likely there will be opportunities for casual play, for those who are interested. There's no charge for these sessions, but Seattle Go Center does have an admissions policy: first ten visits are free; after that, there are membership options for every budget. ($5/day, or 10 visits card for $35 ($25 with student ID); etc.) Seattle Go Center is a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to teaching and promoting the game of Go. See you soon at the Go Center!

Programming Computer Go and Basics of Go - lecture / study / work sessions

From 6:00 to 7:00, Eric and Drew will lecture and/or lead work/study sessions focused on programming computers in Python to play the ancient Asian boardgame "Go" (bring your laptop!). In Eric's words, "Starting January 16th, 2019, I’ll be leading a meetup for people interested in machine learning at the Seattle Go Center. Participants will learn to program their own go-playing bot, and make it progressively better at defeating humans in a simulated war for the control of finite resources, using AI/ML techniques. Whether you’re Sarah Connor or Gaius Baltar, you should come! The ultimate goal is to have built our own AlphaGo Zero-like reinforcement bots (admittedly they won’t be as strong), and to have learned how the machine learning techniques work. Along the way, we might take some segues to look at github projects like Leela Zero, minigo, etc. Also, it might be fun to look at programs that do Berlekamp’s mathematical endgame calculations." Initial sessions will be structured around the book "Deep Learning and the Game of Go" by Max Pumperla and Kevin Ferguson (available from Manning Publications). The first sessions will be aimed at writing a Go bot that you can interact with, and interface to OGS or another online Go server. The long term goal is to learn, use, and implement all the techniques used by google deep mind in designing AlphaGo Zero. From 7:00 to 8:30, Drew will lecture about "Go Basics". Starting from first principles of capturing, cutting, and connecting, he will cover the basics of Go, and build toward a solid understanding of the game. This will be great for programmers who are interested in Go, but haven't really played very much (or at all). As of January 2019, this is the planned agenda. It might get modified to suit the needs of the participants and presenters. Most likely there will be opportunities for casual play, for those who are interested. There's no charge for these sessions, but Seattle Go Center does have an admissions policy: first ten visits are free; after that, there are membership options for every budget. ($5/day, or 10 visits card for $35 ($25 with student ID); etc.) Seattle Go Center is a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to teaching and promoting the game of Go. See you soon at the Go Center!

Programming Computer Go and Basics of Go - lecture / study / work sessions

From 6:00 to 7:00, Eric and Drew will lecture and/or lead work/study sessions focused on programming computers in Python to play the ancient Asian boardgame "Go" (bring your laptop!). In Eric's words, "Starting January 16th, 2019, I’ll be leading a meetup for people interested in machine learning at the Seattle Go Center. Participants will learn to program their own go-playing bot, and make it progressively better at defeating humans in a simulated war for the control of finite resources, using AI/ML techniques. Whether you’re Sarah Connor or Gaius Baltar, you should come! The ultimate goal is to have built our own AlphaGo Zero-like reinforcement bots (admittedly they won’t be as strong), and to have learned how the machine learning techniques work. Along the way, we might take some segues to look at github projects like Leela Zero, minigo, etc. Also, it might be fun to look at programs that do Berlekamp’s mathematical endgame calculations." Initial sessions will be structured around the book "Deep Learning and the Game of Go" by Max Pumperla and Kevin Ferguson (available from Manning Publications). The first sessions will be aimed at writing a Go bot that you can interact with, and interface to OGS or another online Go server. The long term goal is to learn, use, and implement all the techniques used by google deep mind in designing AlphaGo Zero. From 7:00 to 8:30, Drew will lecture about "Go Basics". Starting from first principles of capturing, cutting, and connecting, he will cover the basics of Go, and build toward a solid understanding of the game. This will be great for programmers who are interested in Go, but haven't really played very much (or at all). As of January 2019, this is the planned agenda. It might get modified to suit the needs of the participants and presenters. Most likely there will be opportunities for casual play, for those who are interested. There's no charge for these sessions, but Seattle Go Center does have an admissions policy: first ten visits are free; after that, there are membership options for every budget. ($5/day, or 10 visits card for $35 ($25 with student ID); etc.) Seattle Go Center is a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to teaching and promoting the game of Go. See you soon at the Go Center!

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