Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Challenge of Chips

Another article on humans and computers. This one is from Slate by William Saletan.

The remarkable thing about us isn't our supremacy over computers. It's our interaction with them. Yes, chess programs have been getting smarter. But they didn't do that on their own. Humans design the hardware and write the code. Grandmasters test and refine it. The machines get smarter because the code gets subtler because the programmers get wiser. That's how Deep Junior, the machine that played Kasparov four years ago, eclipsed Deep Blue's skill with just a fraction of Deep Blue's computing power.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

if one were to pass a superficial glance over this post's title one would be tempted to think it might be about the threat that poker is having on chess ... hahahaha!!!! :E