Matter over mind

It is May, 1997. “At one game each and three draws into today’s final match, in which Deep Blue has the advantage of making the first move, the future of humanity is on the line?,” a CBS News anchor intones dramatically. You would be forgiven for thinking we’re talking about a sci-fi movie, in which strange, blue-hued alien scum are about to enslave or, worse, obliterate humans. But for chess aficionados, the phrase ‘Deep Blue’ has an unmistakable recall – of the defeat of the seemingly invincible and then undisputed world chess champion Garry Kasparov of Russia by IBM’s supercomputer named? you guessed it, Deep Blue. The iconic picture of Kasparov with his head held in his hands in defeat said it all. Post-match allegations of cheating by the great…

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