Kaapi with Kuriosity
Siddhartha Gadgil (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
4pm to 5pm Sunday, 15 March 2020
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru

Starting with just the rules of chess, it took four hours of playing against itself for AlphaZero, a computer program, to become the strongest chess player on the planet, playing with a "dynamic, open style" and preferring moves that are "risky and aggressive". With a couple of days of self-play, AlphaZero discovered the best standard openings, and even discarded a few of them. Could a future computer program, starting with adding and multiplying natural numbers, discover the mysteries of the primes?

We discuss the many recent developments that point to such a future. These range from the phenomenal advances in Artificial Intelligence, to advances in the foundations of mathematics, to mathematical proofs making trains safer.