Re: Guessing?

From: Gene Wirchenko <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 12:14:50 -0700
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Marshall <> wrote:


>Hey! You've been complaining about the other side's simplistic
>analyses, but here you're doing exactly the same thing. Deep
>Blue included special purpose hardware for playing chess, as
>well as dozens of general purpose CPUs. And you're claiming
>it's looking at 25 million times as many positions per second.
>Yet, Deep Blue lost to Kasparov, and Deeper Blue only just
>managed to eke out a victory. So, the 25 million number is
>crap, isn't it? It appears the human and the machine are
>roughly at parity, in terms of chess playing ability. And Kasparov
>is a general-purpose machine, capable of doing things that
>Deep Blue can't, like ride a bike.
>One lone human has *way* more processing power than today's
>computers. This is a sufficient explanation of their difference
>in cognitive ability.

     One lone human has *way* more processing RESULTS than today's computers. Claiming that this is due to hardware is premature.

     How well does someone in a coma play chess? The same hardware is there.


Gene Wirchenko

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Received on Mon Jul 14 2008 - 21:14:50 CEST

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