Kasparov vs. Deep Blue


In 1997, Deep Blue, a computer designed by IBM, took on the undefeated world chess champion, Garry Kasparov. Kasparov lost. And at the time, some argued that this meant that computers had progressed to be “smarter” than humans. But recently, Murray Campbell, one of the engineers who designed Deep Blue, came out with a little-known factoid that challenges the assumptions we made.

We found Murray’s story in Nate Silver’s book, The Signal and the Noise. And thanks so much to Mig Greengard to speaking to us on Kasparov’s behalf.

Producer: Stephanie Foo