By Claire Hong
A $1 million prize will be awarded to the person who can create a program replicating the board game Go, where the computer can beat a human player.
Members of the Computer Science Club have been working on creating this program since the beginning of the last school year. The clubâs president, Katherine Casey â10, said that âthe strategies for playing Go are extremely complex, more complex than even chess.â
Students are currently working on a joint program that was started last year. All members have access to this program so that âthe most updated version might become the one someone worked on over the weekend.â
During first semester, members had been working on iPhone programming, but at the start of the second semester, the majority of the clubâs members decided there was not enough time to learn a completely new programming language. This and the addition of new member Will Aalto â11, who wanted to work on creating the game Go, persuaded the rest of the club on picking up the program again.
Member Gabe Benjamin â11 is the only one to continue with iPhone programming.
âItâs a pretty difficult proposal, but I think itâs possible. The hardest part is translating how a human playerâs mind works during the game into computer code. Itâs tough because we take our senses and how we think for granted, then we realize the computer canât see the board the way we do and strategize based on that. We have to abstract the whole game,â Casey said.
Casey said that although the prize âmay have been our initial incentive to start working on the project, weâre just having fun with it now without thinking of the prize.â