6/18/2016

Machines Don't Get Tired

Chess is an interesting game.  Can be played casually.  Or at the world level.  Stakes are high.  Pecking order is cut throat.

Behind the game of black and white pieces played on a board of squares, lies strategy, tactic, experience, confidence, memory, prediction as well as brilliance.

Garry Kasparov was the world champion for many years and I've recently watched some YouTube videos.  One thing that stuck with me was his discussion of the big blue game many years ago.  It had to do with the computer studying games over time and learning patterns and best moves and strategy.  The machine does not get tired.  It does not fatigue.  It can play game after game after game without breaking a sweat.

While its human opponent can be mentally exhausted after 10 games or so.  I think that's a clear distinction between man and machine that doesn't get much airtime.

Yes, it can think millions of possible moves in a short time and weigh probable outcomes from statistical analysis.  It can out think man.

We already knew that machines don't take vacation.  They don't need health insurance.  They don't ask for bumps to the minimum wage.  They don't form Unions.  They don't picket.  And they don't get tired.

I think that comment needs to be made.

I played a computer chess game back as a child, maybe late 1970's or early 1980's.  My father played a good game and he had an early version of the electronic game back then.  The highest level was basically impossible.  I played at some of the lower levels.  You had to type in your move d4 to d6 for example.  Then it would blink and make it's move and then it was your turn.

I also played chess at the tennis club with some of the other junior players.  It's a tough game on many levels and it's similar to tennis.  They say it's actually a physically demanding game having to play 7 or 8 hours a day as a professional, who knew.

They also say that a lot of the top minds are not going into the game of chess.  In Russia back when, there's was nothing to do basically and little opportunity to advance, so people studied chess.  Now, too many other options.  They also say that due to the internet, young people can learn from an early age, watch thousands of games and learn easier, but not understand the complex thought patterns that went into creating those tactics.


There was a good movie about a boy chess player, "Searching for Bobby Fischer".  Have a watch...



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