Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine


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In May 1997 Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess player the world has ever seen, played Deep Blue, a hulking one and a half ton IBM supercomputer. Before ranks of the world’s media, this was a chess tournament and scientific experiment that would question our dominance as the most intelligent entity on the planet. To win the match, the computer did what many thought impossible at the time - it appeared to think like a human. Immediately after the tournament, bleary eyed and exhausted, Kasparov stormed into the final press conference and, under the glare of the world’s media, accused IBM of cheating, alleging they had tampered with the machine during play. Within 24 hours of Deep Blue’s victory, IBM’s share price rose by some 2.5%, adding over $2 Billion to the company’s value.

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