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World Science Festival
How Computer Chess Changed the World
Saturday, June 1, 2013
at Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue
VIP WSF INSIDERS will receive exclusive access to premier seating with their tax deductible gift above the full ticket price
Not long ago, the idea of a computer beating a human at chess was the stuff of science fiction. But some of the most creative programmers of the 1980s were determined to make it a reality. And they did. In two matches that riveted the world, Deep Blue, the IBM supercomputer, took on the brilliant world chess champion Garry Kasparov, and won. The program begins with a secret screening of a feature film that will have its public premiere in June -- a darkly comic, fictional take on those early programming efforts, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance – and is followed by a fascinating discussion with some of the real-life programmers and chess masters involved in the epic match-up between man and machine.
This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and part if its Public Understanding of Science and Technology initiatives. Presented in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image.
The film includes some adult content: nudity and drug use.