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Computer History Museum Presents
The History of Computer Chess: An AI Perspective


Murray Campbell, Deep Blue Project, IBM Corporation,
Edward Feigenbaum, Stanford University
David Levy, International Computer Games Association,
International Master in Chess
John McCarthy, Stanford University
, and
Monty Newborn, Moderator, McGill University

Thursday, September 08, 2005

6:00 PM Member Reception
7:00 PM Panel Discussion

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Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043

Pre-Registration is now closed. Limited seats are still available for those who register at the door.

Free. Suggested donation of $10.00 at the door from non-members.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges ACM, Hilton Garden Inn Mountain View, Ropes & Gray and Target for
their sponsorships associated with this exhibit

Call (650) 810-1898 for information.

Playing chess by computer began in the early 1950s, nearly as soon as computers became available. As a human activity, chess is believed to require ‘thinking,’ yet in 1997 a massively-parallel supercomputer, drawing on over four decades of continual advances in both hardware and software, defeated the best human player in the world.

Does playing chess require thinking? Or is human thinking perhaps a form of calculation, parts of which a computer can mimic? What is the tradeoff between ‘knowledge’ and ‘search?’ Was Claude Shannon’s 1950 prediction that studying computer chess might lead to applications in other areas fulfilled?

This panel, comprising seminal contributors to the solution of this challenge—including two of AI’s leading pioneers—will discuss these and other questions as well as the origin and development of computer chess and what it tells us about ourselves and the machines we build.

The Computer History Museum Presents Speaker Series is an exclusive platform for open, passionate discussions for presenting the computing revolution and its impact on the human experience. These landmark presentations and panel discussions present inside stories and personal insights of top information age leaders from industry, government and academia, and assist the Museum in bringing computing history to life.

The Computer History Museum offers a variety of membership levels. To find out more, please visit our individual membership or call 650-810-2722.


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