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AlphaGo >> the New Era of Artificial Intelligence

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Our 2016 Kickoff event featuring Robert Hearn, PhD, hosted and sponsored by Sentient (

For our entrance back into AI events and community building, we will be examining DeepMind's AlphaGo.

Robert Hearn, PhD, will give a closer look at what was happening during the matches with Lee Se-Dol. We’ll start with some background on go in general, and the history of computer go, then proceed to what is special about AlphaGo, and the historic match.

Bob will also comment on how these matches set in motion an irreversible AI fervor, and his own predictions for whats to come.


Bob is a 2 dan go player, and has studied both traditional artificial intelligence and computational neuroscience, working with Marvin Minsky, among others. Bob completed his PhD at MIT as part of CSAIL ( MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is also a successful software entrepreneur, best known for ClarisWorks, and a national-class long-distance runner.


Sentient ( is hosting us for this event. Thank you! Sentient is hiring in San Francisco! Please check out their careers page at ( are providing food, drink, and welcoming us into their space.


An interview with Bob in the New York Times: Google Artificial Intelligence Beats Expert at Go Game (

Bob will referencing this paper in his talk: Mastering the game of Go with deep neural networks and tree search (

This event is strictly limited to 60 people. You MUST be pre-registered to attend. We will be checking people in the building elevator lobby. Questions or comments? Tweet to us @SVAIresearch (