Dear fellow Go players. There is idea I had for a long time and been discussing it publicly also and now I think there is a right time to actually move on it. Any advise, help and feedback that any of you can offer would be appreciated.
Here is the idea: We all know that Zero Style AIs are all the rage now and everyone and their mother is trying to copy that style. But I still think there is a lot of use and space for AI with more human style. After all AG master wonderful style more closer to the human play and still dominated the world’s strongest players. Also considering that lot of AI moves come with asterisk saying “provided next 50 moves are played perfectly” I think that such AI might be better resource for amateur so use for analysis and learning even if it would be marginally weaker than zero style AI.
So here is my idea: I would very much like to start group effort to train “Kata Master” and replicate the AG Master in similar way that AG Zero was replicated ie. train AI first on collection of human games from pre-zero era and then do a lot of self play.
key parts of the project as I imagine them:
- Recruit strong and well known player or several to act as garant of the legitimacy of the project
- Set up Gofund me to raise money to buy sufficient computing time on some cloud platform and reward for AI developer willing to help (necessary since I do not have skillset myself) and figure out how to make the money in and out transparent so there is trust - current idea is that anything left over would be donated to EGF and AGA
- Enlist help regarding putting together and curating learning set of games. I have pretty good ideas where to start but any help and assistance is appreciated (good thing about kata is that as I understand it we can go all the way back to Dosaku since dynamic komi is a thing)
- Set up group discord to discuss and coordinate
I would really like to get this ACTUALLY going and make it happen.
Anyone seriously interested in lending their hand please contact me on PM. Thank you.