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Machines vs Humans through the chess prism
4 August 2017
This book weaves in two different narratives into a single storyline. Each of these stand out by themselves and together make the book the excellent read that it is. The first thread is about human intelligence as compared to machine intelligence, the current state of AI and where ML is progressing towards from someone who speaks regularly these days on this topic. While much of the commentary here is at a high level it is still quite useful for the lay person as well as the interested reader.
The second thread is what makes it a superb read for anyone who follows chess. It reads like a bit of an autobiography of the time Garry was competing with Deep Blue. It is about how Garry Kasparov who was for many years the defender-in-chief of humans vs machines who at the time were making rapid strides through the chess ELO ranks. While the game between machines and humans (in this domain atleast) has been fairly settled by now, it has a huge set of learnings for other domains where human prowess still cannot be replaced by intelligent machines.
For the first thread, 4 stars, for the second thread 5 stars. Overall a great read.