David Levy :The Games Computers Play

I’ve been involved for almost all my adult life in the branch of Artificial Intelligence devoted to game playing: computer chess, computer bridge, Scrabble, backgammon, poker, . . . And along the way I’ve stuck my neck out and made a few public predictions, most of which have turned out to be spot on. The first of these was in 1968 when I made a £500 bet with John McCarthy and Donald Michie, both A.I. biggies, that I wouldn’t lose a chess match against a computer within 10 years. At the time I was Scottish Champion and felt very confident wagering more than half a year’s salary.I duly won that bet, and another one (with computer guru Dan McCracken) for a further 5 years. Not long afterwards I published an…

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