Did AlphaGo help promote interest of Go in Western world?


#1

Have been watching AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol games on youtube. The games sparked lots of media interest due to AI machine vs human, not necessarily Go. So I am curious, is there any evidence that the event help promote Go in Western world?


#2

Anecdotally, my best friend took up Go after the AlphaGo documentary, and my business parter agreed to a few lessons after watching as well.


#3

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but it definitely had a very noticeable effect here in the silicon valley.


#4

My Go playing definitely started because of the AlphaGo documentary


#5

Did alphago help promote go?
Yes, massively.


#6

I don’t know any exact statistics, but from my personal experience over the last decade and a half; Interest in the game has increased exponentially.
Not all of this interest can be accredited to AlphaGo though, Hikaru no Go has also had a notable increase in interest of the game over the last few years. I’d say at least half of new players I come accross have been introduce by either HnG, or AlphaGo.
-just my opinion


#7

Anecdotally and personally speaking, yes. I knew of Go for as long as I can remember through general knowledge, but I didn’t know about Go until news reports of what went down in Korea back in 2016.

I’d also suggest that documentaries such as AlphaGo and The Surrounding Game have also furthered the message.


#8

I found out about the game and started playing after watching coverage of the AG - Ke Jie match on YouTube.


#9

I think the fact that Yellow Mountain Imports (or maybe it was the GoGameGuru shop) announced a shortage of Go equipment after the match suggests that there was a significant short-term effect.