Mind Over Matter

The hotly debated topic of artificial intelligence seems to stir up either a pie-eyed optimism or an almost religious impulse to doomsay. Garry Kasparov has faced far-reaching personal consequences as a result of AI development. Now, the chess legend has written a new book, Deep Thinking, about his experiences battling machine intelligence on the board and what he, and all of us, can learn from them.

Much has been said and much written about the rise of artificial intelligence. To some, like the futurist Ray Kurzweil, it presents a glittering new horizon, one that reveals a universe of technological potential as yet undreamed-of. For others, like the …

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