Deep Blue Cartoon Title: Deep Blue Cartoon
Photographer: Matthew Pritchett
Date: 1997
Credit Line: © Telegraph Group Unlimited
Accession: L2005.6

The popular media portrayed the 1997 re-match between World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue custom supercomputer as a battle between man and machine. The cover of Newsweek proclaimed it “The Brain’s Last Stand.” This view exaggerated the the power of the computer and minimized the human effort behind the machine itself.