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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Peter Mulvey - Deep Blue

After World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov’s 1996 defeat of the computer Deep Blue, 1997 saw a rematch between the cold, emotionless chess machine and IBM’s computer.

The project that was to become Deep Blue began in the 1980’s and was called Deep Thought (after the computer in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and twice lost to Garry Kasparov in 1989 – chiefly because it kept trying to make the move ‘42’. IBM, aka Big Blue, took over the project, changed the name and set about working out ways of using it as a promotional tool.

Although during the 1996 match Deep Blue become the first computer to win a game against a reigning world champion under tournament conditions, Kasparov won the match at a fairly comfortable 4 – 2.

However, the rematch saw Kasparov struggling. After the first five games the match was all square. At that point Kasparov’s puny human brain gave way and, according to those who know, he rook-ed it up completely. True to form Kasparov blamed anyone but himself. He complained that the computer had been reprogrammed between games, had been programmed specifically to beat him and even that humans had been helping Deep Blue select its moves.

I think Emo Philips summed up the battle between man and machine best when he said, “A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.”

Today’s track comes from the previously chronicled Peter Mulvey’s 1997 album, also called Deep Blue. The song was inspired by Deep Blue despite having lyrics that don’t refer to it in any way whatsoever.

Peter Mulvey – Deep Blue

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Watch the match


At 12:53 AM, Blogger zoomsx2 said...

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