Daily Archives: May 8, 2019

* Deep Thinking by Gary Kasparov

I just declared that long-distance running was the most tedious activity I could imagine. I was wrong: chess is it, and even more, writing about chess. Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Beginsis a book-length defense of the author’s apparently felonious defeat at the hand of Deep Blue, an IBM custom-made computer. For the record, it does seem that rebooting the computer mid-game is a bit unsportsmanlike, but should we apply the “man” moniker to the machine?

For the rest, h5 moves bored me, and the author’s repeated assertions of his superior intelligence irked me. Could be a good book for the discerning chess practitioner, however.

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