Tuesday, May 13, 1997

Letter ("How Smart Can It Be?") responding to "Wary Kasparov and Deep Blue Draw Game 3 " -- NY Times

Resurrected one of my favorite old letters, dealing with the match between Kasparov and the computer, viz:
To the Editor: The photograph accompanying your May 7 news article on the chess match between Garry Kasparov and the computer Deep Blue highlights the paradoxes and limitation of ''machine intelligence.'' Although the computer emerged as the world champion, it was not smart enough to move its own pieces! As the photograph shows, Deep Blue needed a human for this most basic part of the game. Perhaps Mr. Kasparov should ask for a rematch where there are no other humans in the room to help out the computer.

Citation of Letter:
How Smart Can It Be?
May 13, 1997, Tuesday, Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section A; Page 20; Column 6; Editorial Desk
HEADLINE: Deep Blue Can't Triumph in the Game of Life; How Smart Can It Be?
New Haven, May 12, 1997
The writer is an assistant professor of molecular biophysics at Yale.

Article Commented on:
Wary Kasparov and Deep Blue Draw Game 3
Published: May 7, 1997
Garry Kasparov, the world chess champion, opened the third game of his six-game match against the I.B.M. computer Deep Blue yesterday in peculiar fashion, by moving his queens pawn forward a single square. Huh? I think we have a new opening move, said Yasser Seirawan, a grandmaster providing live commentary on the match. What should we call it?