How You Can Learn Chess with AI and Magnus Carlsen in Play Magnus, with Felipe Longe of Play Magnus


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Felipe Longé is the CTO of Play Magnus and the CEO of Solve Oslo. His mission is to empower talented people in creating empathic user experiences utilizing product development strategies and startup methodologies.

He’s always been absorbing competency from all disciplines during his 10+ years of experience with software and product development. He believes that the larger picture can only be understood and engineered if there’s a deep empathy for the end-user. The user-centric focus combined with an understanding of technological opportunities, lead to better decisions and sustainable strategies for digital businesses.

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Here’s the timestamps for the episode: 

(00:00) – Introduction

(04:01) –  Magnus Carlsen himself and his father wanted to enter the digital space and do something with this brand building. We built apps because they are a good way to spread your brand, to create awareness and also to spread joy. 

(09:54) – We were very thorough with it, making sure that the app feels personal. When you open the app, it feels like you’re going to actually play Magnus on it. It’s a totally different experience from displaying random chess against AI.

(11:41) –  It’s actually AI against AI at some points, because they try to memorize as much as possible within the branches that they play. Maybe it’s a merger between machine, man and machine. We’ll see a huge revolution in how sports is executed based on what machines can learn about it. And not only humans. 

(21:37) – When you repeat something a lot, you are creating shortcuts, you’re wiring your brain to do that specific task perfectly. You do this over and over, and it just becomes embedded in your software, so to say.

(24:59) – Freedom for most people gives responsibility, which is good. This will be the way to work moving forward. Not only because of COVID, it would be because it’s more effective and it gives this type of freedom. 

(28:21) – We do both consulting and product development in house. One of our cool engagements has been to work with a camera that can scan your eye and recognize patterns on diabetes to people with diabetes II, and therefore, find out if you’re becoming blind. 

(30:19) – New phones will come out. Wearables will be a huge thing moving forward. At some point we’ll figure out how to come closer to the connection between a scan and psychological States of the mind.

(32:53) – We’re wearing the technology that we previously had in a living room, and in our offices. Most people will have smartwatches and bluetooth devices all over their body. And of course the smartphone, but that will shrink, or at least become thinner and thinner up to a point where it’s maybe a bracelet or something and you can bend. Nanotechnology will at some point become cheap to use and the manipulation of genes, it’s all there, but there are so many sciences just expanding exponentially.

(36:14) – We need to become more connected on these things, especially on med tech. At some point it would just become global,  pure global collaborations.