Sunday, May 13, 2012

IBM celebrates the 15th anniversary of Deep Blue's victory

Kasparov vs. Deep Blue
15 years ago IBM's Deep Blue beat world champion chess player Garry Kasparov in a famous victory for artificial intelligence. Chess had long been a challenge for machine intelligence - Charles Babbage toyed with the idea when he was designing his Anlytical Engine and Alan Turing wrote a chess playing program, though he never actually ran it.  Then Dietrich Prinz and Alan Turing wrote the world's first computer chess program in 1952 for the Ferranti Mark I computer in England. It could play reasonable chess but was nowhere near Grand Master level, that would require much more computing power than was available in the 1950s.
    IBM have made a video that marks the anniversary and discusses the developments from Deep Blue.