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Kaapi with Kuriosity
Siddhartha Gadgil (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday, 17 May 2020
Livestream via the ICTS YouTube channel

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.