Thursday, May 18, 2017

DEEP THINKING by Garry Kasparov


Garry Kasparov has written another book. Titled DEEP THINKING, it is mainly about the history (including his own history) with computers playing chess. Detailed accounts of his matches are augmented by ruminations on the nature of machine intelligence. The subtitle is “Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins.” Kasparov has a genius IQ, and due to his association with Deep Blue and other computer programs has an interest in the subject (which has become popular due to movies and books about robots taking over.) He discusses various scientific views, including those related by Ray Kurzweil (How to Create a Mind) and Nick Bostrom. He doesn’t believe that hard A.I. (the singularity of self-aware, conscious computers) will happen anytime soon, but agrees that the days of humans beating computers at chess is over. Having heard those other books on the subject (including writing a novella about hard A.I.) I do agree, although predicting the future will always be a flawed enterprise. Kasparov reads the introduction on the audiobook, which is then taken up by voice actor Bob Brown. A chess fan’s “must listen.”

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