Since the 1970s, computer scientists had attempted to create a computer program that could beat a human player. Why? Because chess is a game of strategy and critical thinking, which makes it an excellent way to test a computer’s grasp of these traits. As computer technology advanced and computers started to beat average chess players, the question became “Could a computer beat a chess grandmaster?”
After IBM’s Deep Blue won a few computer chess tournaments and beaten a few humans, IBM decided to challenge Garry Kasparov, the Russian chess grandmaster. Kasparov agreed to a six game series against the computer system. On February 10, 1996 , the grandmaster and the computer faced off for the first time and much to the surprise of everyone except the IBM team, Deep Blue won the first match. However, Kasparov would win three of the following five matches, with the other two ending in a tie.
A rematch would be held a year later; and in that six match series, a slightly reprogrammed Deep Blue would win two games, lose one and tie in the remaining three. Upon the end of the 1997 series, Kasparov would comment that he saw cleverness and intelligence in Deep Blue’s moves. Deep Blue was dismantled soon after the 1997 series, presumably to keep it from trying to emulate Hal 9000 or Skynet.
So, while we wait for the robotic uprising, let’s raise a glass to our future overlords with a cocktail named after the father of their revolution. The Deep Blue is a tasty blue champagne cocktail that makes for a great after dinner drink.
- 1 ounce Vodka
- 1/3 ounce Blue Curacao
Stir the vodka and blue curacao together with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a blueberry.
Tomorrow: A golden record.