Saturday, December 09, 2006

The future of chess

In the wake of Fritz's victory over Vladimir Kramnik, George Dvorsky offers some interesting ideas about the way forward:

In regards to human versus machine situations, the only option at this point is to start handicapping the computer. Otherwise, there’s no point to these match-ups.


[A]s far as the advancement of chess is concerned, it is time for humans to take a backseat to the computers. Chessbots have moved beyond us now and are playing the most sophisticated matches in the history of the game.

From the Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies


Anonymous said...

Kramnik might well have won the match though, imo. The blunder was a freak, the final game's opening choice a great big risk that didn't come off; but he had definite winning chances in several. He just didn't pull it off.

I think the computer should be handicapped in one specific way though. Isn't a computer's processor in some sense its 'thinking'-centre? Well, human's only have one of those - and so should computers.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Tom. The computer only outplayed Kramnik in one game, the one played by Kramnik, and the computer shouldn't be allowed to use its openings and endgames database, just its processor.