I’ve Made “Peace” With Robot That Beat My Ass – Chess Grandmaster Kasparov

Twenty-three years ago — long before “machine learning” was a term regularly belched up by luddites hiding behind dumb mid-level marketing buzzwords and printed-out Recode posts — IBM’s Deep Blue AI shocked the world when it the beat reigning global Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, as the fear that artificial intelligence had permeated another layer of mainstream society.

Now, during a new interview with Wired, Kasparov has done what most folks should do with most of the shitty things in our lives, which is: Come to terms with it (and then find out the way to permit into your own personal narrative within the most marketable way possible). Wired interviewed Kasparov on the occasion of a debate hosted by the Association for the Advancement of AI (a.k.a. the primary ones to sell humanity out, who, as we all know, won’t be spared for his or her betrayal, anyway).



At the highest of the interview, he told Wired:

“I’ve made my peace with it. At the top of the day, the match wasn’t a curse but a blessing, because I used to be a neighborhood of something vital. Twenty-two years ago, I might have thought differently. But things happen. We all make mistakes. We lose. What’s important is how we affect our mistakes, with a negative experience.”[…]

Sounds like a man who made an error getting his ass beat by a computer. That said, how Kasparov is handling it actually has some value to the remainder of us: Making a compelling case that he was the primary guy to be truly outwitted in his job by a computer, he’s now become a thinker asking questions of the consequences of A.I. that transcend the sensible or the technical, but more towards the philosophical nature of machinery. A mind like Kasparov’s — one who understands the dynamic nature of grand, sweeping, coordinated, changeable movements, gambits, and calculable variabilities as means towards ends — is that the quite thinking the sector could probably use more of.

For instance, one aside Kasparov gave when Wired asked him how close he believes we are to human-level AI:

“We don’t know exactly what intelligence is. Even the simplest computer experts, the people on the leading edge of computing, they still have doubts about exactly what we’re doing.”
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He’s utterly correct, both about the unknown nature of what we’re doing and therefore the very nature of intelligence itself, human or otherwise. the whole thing is worth reading if only to ascertain a man finally come to terms 20 years later with getting his ass beat at chess by a computer.

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