Re: Simon and Newell's classic AI predictions

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Mon, 6 Oct 1997 22:46:03 -0700 (PDT)

> The development mentioned in prediction one arguably happened in 1997
> ( Of course, the match was not for the world
> chess championship as recognized by a major chess organization, but
> Kasparov is widely recognized as the best human chess player.
> This event took 39 years after 1958 instead of ten.

I think we'll have to wait another few years to claim this prize.
Kasparov is in fact the FIDE recognized world champion, but Deep Blue
would probably not have made it through the preliminary rounds of
the world championship challenge procedure, because it was written
specifically to beat Kasparov; it was tuned to his style, and learned
from his matches. It would certainly do well in general competition,
but it would probably lose to someone with a very different style of
play from Kasparov's, like Mikhail Tal or Vasily Smyslov.

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