Deep Blue v Kasparov

I was too young at the time to have any meaningful grasp of what went down, and have only understood the event as “that time computers got better at chess than humans.” This documentary appeared in my feed, and it turned out to be a surprisingly engaging story.

As for the creator, I have been a fan of Fredrik Knudsen since the beginning. He makes some of the best deep dive documentaries out there, and his level of research is stunning for a single individual. The one about the Rajneeshpuram remains one of his best, and has pretty broad appeal. Osho International forced Fredrik to take it down through legal threats, and made a pretty solid attempt at scrubbing it from the web, but you can still find it if you know where to look.

I can also recommend his telling of the Temple OS story to anyone with more than a passing interest in IT, and the one about the Time Cube is pretty entertaining if somewhat sad for those of us who watched events unfold. In general his channel is worth a gander for anyone with time to burn, but is best left alone by those who don’t.


My wife and I were just talking about this the other day. Like everyone else it seems we are watching The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix where the subject of “The Russians” came up.

I follow Kasparov on Twitter. He’s a critic of Putin and writes / studies disinformation techniques.

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I enjoyed The Queen’s Gambit and was wondering how much of the eye contact and staring was based on reality and how much for dramatic effect. The photo lends credence to the former.


Before Deep Blue was Deep Thought.

Yesterday Gary Kasparov, the world chess champion, played Deep Thought, the world computer chess champion, in a two-game match. He won both games handily, to nobody’s surprise, including his own.

Mr. Kasparov beats everybody.

From my favorite videogame:

"They say it’s the game of kings. That chess teaches one to think strategically. What a load of rubbish!.. Both sides have identical pieces, the rules stay invariably the same. How does this mirror real life?

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