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Garry Kasparov's 1997 chess match against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue was a watershed moment in the history of technology. It was the dawn of a new era in artificial intelligence: a machine capable of beating the reigning human champion at this most cerebral game.

That moment was more than a century in the making, and in this breakthrough book, Kasparov reveals his astonishing side of the story for the first time. He describes how it felt to strategize against an implacable, untiring opponent with the whole world watching, and recounts the history of machine intelligence through the microcosm of chess, considered by generations of scientific pioneers to be a key to unlocking the secrets of human and machine cognition. Kasparov uses his unrivaled experience to look into the future of intelligent machines and sees it bright with possibility. As many critics decry artificial intelligence as a menace, particularly to human jobs, Kasparov shows how humanity can rise to new heights with the help of our most extraordinary creations, rather than fear them. Deep Thinking is a tightly argued case for technological progress, from the man who stood at its precipice with his own career at stake.

©2017 Garry Kasparov (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A highly human exploration of artificial intelligence, its exciting possibilities and inherent limits." (Max Levchin, cofounder of PayPal, CEO of Affirm, and Silicon Valley angel investor)
"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, best-selling author of Smarter Faster Better )

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Kasparov on Losing to Deep Mind

I was hungry for another book about chess (loved the book on Fischer/Spassky in the 1972 World Championship) on audio and there really isn't much available. So with a credit to use and nothing else I was interested in I gave this book a chance. It's now one of my favorite books. Kasparov goes into great detail of the match that brought us an AI that beat a world champion but it's much more than that. He honestly deals with his failure and the firestorm that followed the match giving his side of the story that to this day hasn't really been resolved. I was rooting for Deep Thought at the time but I have now revised my thinking. Kasparov is a modern day hero in my opinion who bravely took on an opponent that was not only a juggernaut of calculation but a machine built to do one thing: beat Kasparov by any means possible. The book is complete with lots of detail that chess lovers will enjoy while you listen to humanities last gasp to stay ahead of super computer calculating machines.

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  • Mike
  • WOODBRIDGE, VA, United States
  • 07-09-17

This is a Chess Book

Would you consider the audio edition of Deep Thinking to be better than the print version?

Interesting book, but mostly about the Chess...not Machine Intelligence. I'm not really a chess guy, but love some of Kasparov's other books on Russia, etc. Not what I was looking for, but a decent listen.

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Interesting book, but mostly about the Chess...not Machine Intelligence. I'm not really a chess guy, but love some of Kasparov's other books on Russia, etc. Not what I was looking for, but a decent listen.

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Well informed and interesting

I'm in the AI field. Most of what I read about it outside the academic and technical groups is, quite frankly, BS. Not Kasparov. He is (to me) surprisingly well-informed about the technical aspects of AI and Machine Learning and gives, among many other interesting things in the book, his point of view about the technology and its development. Great book!

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In today’s world of AI it’s about where man + machine as combined intelligence is going.

Gary Kasporov very cleverly draws a 30 plus year parallel to the evolution of a machine thinking like a human chess and player and lessons from there into today’s world where AI is going to be ubiquitous ! If you are not a chess lover it’s tougher to follow but if you are and if AI and Machine Intelligence are things you think and work on then it’s a delight and insightful !

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