Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins Hardcover – 1 Jun 2017
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Excellent... No scientist or tech entrepreneur could make the positive case for the digital revolution with the passionate conviction that Kasparov brings. Not many tragic heroes live to tell the tale. This one did (THE TIMES)
A gripping account of an intellectual battle like no other.. For fans, it will be like reading Nelson's postmatch analysis of Trafalgar...Deep Thinking is both a lesson in not panicking prematurely and a warning about knowing who your real opponent is." (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
'Fascinating... an impressively researched history of AI and the field's ongoing obsession with chess... with enough detail to satisfy chess enthusiasts, while providing a thrilling narrative for the casual reader. Deep Thinking delivers a rare balance of analysis and narrative, weaving commentary about technological progress with an inside look at one of the most important chess matches ever played. (Demis Hassabis NATURE)
The raw emotion of that encounter in New York bursts out of the pages of Kasparov's gripping story. What is striking, and reassuring, is that far from raging against the machine, Kasparov marvels at the capabilities of computers and is excited by the possibilities for future collaboration.This reads at times like a fast-paced psychological thriller. Chess fans will be engrossed by Kasparov's tale but the book deserves a far broader readership (John Thornhill FINANCIAL TIMES)
An absorbing, page-turning thriller that weaves a personal account of intellectual combat with the wider picture of what it's like to come up against a powerful corporation that is determined to do whatever it takes to crush opposition. Not just a tale of human vs machine, this is also a story about one man vs The Man. (OBSERVER)
As Kasparov recounts in arresting detail what it felt like to compete cognitively with a machine, he extrapolates his experience into an optimistic perspective on how computerized intelligence can enhance rather than overwhelm human brainpower, and instead of eliminating jobs and opportunities, can actually generate them. (BOOKLIST)
Garry Kasparov's perspectives on artificial intelligence are borne of personal experience - and despite that, are optimistic, wise and compelling. It's one thing for the giants of Silicon Valley to tell us our future is bright; it is another thing to hear it from the man who squared off with the world's most powerful computer, with the whole world watching, and his very identity at stake. (CHARLES DUHIGG, author of 'Smarter Faster Better')
Intelligent, absorbing...thoughtful reading for anyone interested in human and machine cognition and a must for chess fans (KIRKUS (starred review))
DEEP THINKING is an absorbing, often brilliant book which no chess-lover should miss (Edward Winter CHESSHISTORY.COM)
The great Garry Kasparov takes on the key economic issue of our time: how we can thrive as humans in a world of thinking machines. This important and optimistic book explains what we as humans are uniquely qualified to do. Instead or wringing our hands about robots, we should all read this book and embrace the future. (WALTER ISAACSON, author of 'The Innovators')
From the man at the epi-center of one of the ten defining moments of the 20th century, a fascinating and insightful overview of how computers came to surpass humans at chess, and what it means for mankind. Deeply researched and clearly exposited, it is also a revealing portrait of what it is like to be a real-life John Henry pitted against the steam hammer. (KEN ROGOFF, author of 'This Time is Different')
A highly human exploration of artificial intelligence, its exciting possibilities and inherent limits. (MAX LEVCHIN, cofounder of PayPal and CEO of Affirm)
A book dripping with evangelical zeal (Sunday Business Post)
At a time when fears about computer intelligence have become "existential", Kasparov has revisited the experience in a timely, thoughtful memoir. Part page-turning thriller, part meditation on the idea of thinking machines, Deep Thinking is both gripping and measured (Book of the Week, THE WEEK)
Garry Kasparov gives his first public account of his landmark 1997 chess match with the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue, and explains why, twenty years later, he's become convinced that artificial intelligence is good for humans.See all Product description
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A few things I'd like to know that could be added to the book. Does the chess computer try things out in the down time when it's not it's turn? Does AI really exist or was it a dream that has been replaced by something else?
I did feel it gets lost a bit in the talk about the match (excusemongering!) between Kasparov and Deep Blue and could look more closely focussing on the true nature of human intelligence but certainly gets you warmed up for the subject.
On reading his book Deep Thinking I realize he's a well read, intelligent and articulate man whose skills go far beyond sitting at a chess board.I'm not surprised he's a keynote speaker in business forums and conferences.
This book is a history of computer advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI),with particular reference to chess.
The climax of the book are his two matches with Deep Blue, the IBM supercomputer of the time (late 90s), which had almost frightening processing power,and could analyze positions far quicker than even the World Champion.
Garry is candid about his mistakes and misconceptions in both matches, the first he won, the second he lost. In fact overall Garry didn't play that well in the second match in particular,he could have forced a draw by perpetual check in game 2, and and had chances even in the last game.He also missed chances to win in one or two games.
Playing against a very strong chess machine Garry found very different from against a normal opponent. He did not know how Deep Blue “thought”, he did not access to any of its games like he would against say a Karpov or Korchnoi. In order to minimize the machine's strengths, where it was unbeatable in tactical,sharp lines, the sort of play that Garry excels in, he was compelled to play much more passively and positionally,not his style at all.
In the first match organized of course by IBM, you have the feeling there was good will on the computer giant's side. In the second they really pulled out the stops, and one is left with the distinct impression they went all out to win (to beat Kasparov), and were unfair in their interpretation of the match details.For instance Garry was not allowed to see any of Deep Blue's training games, or be told what improvements in various areas – opening,middle game, endgame – had been made to Deep Blue's processing, marshalled by an army of chess grandmasters hired by IBM. How can you prepare when there is no data ?
All in all Garry did better than anyone else could have done, and his disquiet playing against a strong nonhuman opponent is very evident. After all Deep Blue was not like a human opponent who can become discouraged, tired, upset or irrational ! Also several times Garry mentioned being tired, I think because his team was not really able to help him like they would if he was playing a human opponent. Garry was fighting Deep Blue alone,and he felt the psychological pressure of playing against the unknown.
For anyone interested in AI,machine intelligence, the history and progression of computers, chess and chess computers, this book is highly recommended.
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