Kasparov Talks Chess, Technology and a Little Life at Google

Gar­ry Kas­parov, still the high­est-rat­ed play­er in the his­to­ry of chess, pulled through Google late last year and field­ed ques­tions from the Googlers. (Don’t miss Conan O’Brien’s hilar­i­ous riff on that term.) As you might expect, the ques­tions often drift­ed back to Kas­parov’s famous 1996–97 match­es against IBM’s Deep Blue (a pre­cur­sor to Wat­son) and more recent bat­tles between humans and com­put­ers. The 65 minute Q&A includes a lot more good chess talk, but it also gets into the cur­rent state of Russ­ian pol­i­tics (Kas­parov has opposed Vladimir Putin and ran for pres­i­dent in 2008), plus the chess mas­ter’s var­i­ous the­o­ries about lead­er­ship and strate­gic think­ing…

PS Be sure to read Kas­parov’s thoughts on Wat­son writ­ten imme­di­ate­ly after watch­ing the much pub­li­cized Jeop­ardy! pro­grams last week.

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  • hipotecas says:

    well, play­ing chess and in itself is com­pli­cat­ed and requires great skill and men­tal dex­ter­i­ty, now if your oppo­nent is a com­put­er, I think you go into a cat­e­go­ry of type, out of this world.

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