On May 11 1997, something unusual took the world by storm. It was a game of chess.
Not the usual suspects
For one, it was a defining moment for mankind because the game took place between the most unlikely of opponents. Garry Kasparov, reigning world champion was on one end and on the other was IBM’s Deep Blue – a pathbreaking chess-playing computer developed by the behemoth. It was Man vs. Machine.
Deep Blue defeated the grandmaster, much to everyone’s surprise. It was the arrival-of-artificial-intelligence moment that signified a simple fact – a machine could match human intelligence.
While Artificial intelligence had been making inroads well before this, it was the first time that machine intelligence was displayed in all its glory, and so famously. It’s worth noting that this genius machine was the predecessor of the ones currently available, which makes one wonder about the superior processing powers of today’s systems.
Today, when AI has become a part of all aspects of our lives (and industries) there’s a lot more to it than we may realise. It can, for instance, help make beer (true, this is).