KASPAROV: DEEP BLUE FUNK

KASPAROV WRESTLES A MACHINE. CIVILIZATION HANGS IN THE BALANCE

AS WAS TO BE EXPECTED, THE END OF civilization as we know it was announced on the back pages. On Feb. 10, 1996, in Philadelphia, while America was distracted by the rise of Pat Buchanan, the fall of Phil Gramm and other trifles, something large happened. German philosophers call such large events world-historical. This was larger. It was species-defining. The New York Times carried it on page A32.

On Feb. 10, Garry Kasparov, the best chess player in the world and quite possibly the best chess player who ever lived, sat down across a chessboard from a machine, an IBM computer...

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