Sunday, March 13, 2016

KGSP - Man vs Creation

This week was quite interesting. School itself was pretty straightforward though, being the first full week of classes. Classes already are ramping up the work load pretty hard, so I've been having to already kinda start balancing my work a bit.

I'm normally ok with dealing with a lot of work; I definitely had a lot of experience with that at UOIT. But the issue here is that I'm completely out of my comfort zone. Instead of programming and dealing with software, I have courses that deal with physical prototyping and product design.

That literal feel when you have to go to Daiso to buy a bunch of random stuff to think about what to make.

Like, I normally consider myself a relatively creative person that's good at problem solving. But my time here at KAIST has made me realize that my limits are very real. I really have a terrible time creating products.

Software and systems I can do, but once you ask me to go beyond technology a bit and go into creating products, my mind is blank. I find that if something isn't interesting to me, nothing will never come out of it. Like I went to see a ballet show and despite it being somewhat entertaining, it's not something that invokes anything.

The fact that the school has something like this is cool though.

I think a good example of what actually captures my imagine and passion really is the history that is being made this week. AlphaGo, an extensively powerful AI, is challenging Lee Sedol, one of the greatest Go players in modern history, in five games of Go.

Go is really popular in East Asia, and a lot of people in Korea play it and know it. I also have a lot of friends who are very passionate about it too, but I never even looked up the rules. Despite that, this is a monumental occasion and it speaks to me on a very real level.

The entire country is captivated by the sheer magnificence of technology.

I've worked with AI before, and despite not doing anything super complex, I have a very big respect for the people that can create powerful AI. And despite not knowing too much about Go, I know enough that this game is incredibly complex and intricate.

I'd probably enjoy playing it if I actually took the time to learn it, but I don't know it. Regardless, I found myself watching the matches on stream even though I don't understand any of the moves. The sheer spectacle of seeing a man lose 3:0 to an algorithm and then manage to claw back and win one game.. That's something special.

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