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BBC on the current human-lost-to-computer chess saga…

“Deep Fritz, a chess-playing computer, has beaten human counterpart world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik in a six-game battle in Bonn, Germany.

Deep Fritz won by four points to two, after taking the last game in 47 moves in a match lasting almost five hours. “ [via] – Link.

About 9 years ago the humans lost the chess battle to Deep Blue “Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine” is definitely worth seeing if you’re interested in that sort of epic…

IBM is really active in the open source community, perhaps we could collectively request access to the Deep Blue source to not only see how it beat our best human chess player at the time, but to run our own versions of Deep Blue (it could run on a modern computer for sure by now). It might also clear up a lot of questions on how exactly IBM beat Kasparov too.

Anyone at IBM know who owns the assets? Were the sold to Lenovo (China)?

Seems reasonable that if a computer can beat a human, specifically at chess *eventually* we should be able to see how it was done and the actual calculations performed pre-move right?

Related:

  • Humans, Chess and DVDs – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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