Why Deep Blue Beating Garry Kasparov Wasn’t the Beginning of the End of the Human Race

Most Popular Mar 7, 2016 Courtesy the New York Times’ Retro Report, a look back at the chess match that was about much more than chess: Garry Kasparov vs IBM’s Deep Blue. In a series of matches in 1996 and 1997, Kasparov took on a Deep Blue, a supercomputer running in massive parallel, allowing it to brute force through possible chess moves quickly enough to allow it to play chess within classic tournament time constraints. In their first meeting, Kasparov handily beat the Deep Blue, taking 4 points to Deep Blue’s 2. But in 1997, after winning his first game, he became shaken by a newer, “Deeper Blue,” which showed a depth and subtlety of play that the grandmaster was not expecting. When Deep Blue failed to take the bait on…


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