Artificial Intelligence Landmark: Deep Blue
We said in the introduction that Deep Blue stands as a landmark in the development of Artificial Intelligence. Without doubt, the defeat of Kasparov had a big impact on Chess research, which declined as a result, but certainly did not cease, as the latest published research shows.
However, although many will attribute Deep Blue with intelligence, it is really just a powerful computer that was able to search millions of positions a second. There is no doubt that the underlying algorithms are extremely sophisticated, but intelligent, in the human sense of the word? Perhaps not.
Research still continues into Chess but Go is probably now the game that is receiving the most attention from the AI research community. Checkers has also received considerable attention in the recent years, some which could be considered to evolve an intelligent player, although many would argue against that as well, but we’ll leave that discussion for another time.
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