Chess computers in popular culture

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Re: Chess computers in popular culture

Post by JuLieN » Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:13 pm

In the same movie, the Milton Bradley Phantom chess computer ( http://www.chesscomputeruk.com/html/mil ... antom.html ):

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Re: Chess computers in popular culture

Post by fern » Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:14 pm

This is not very on topic, but it is interesting to see how chess artificial players were seen by smart people in XiX century and the way they analyzed the possibility of it. Read "Edgar Allan Poe essay about the chess player by Maelzel, a known show of middle XIX century.

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Post by towforce » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:22 pm

fern wrote:This is not very on topic, but it is interesting to see how chess artificial players were seen by smart people in XiX century and the way they analyzed the possibility of it. Read "Edgar Allan Poe essay about the chess player by Maelzel, a known show of middle XIX century.

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Re: Chess computers in popular culture

Post by fern » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:26 pm

It is, Poe's logic, a flawed one due to the ideas of his time, but logic was and very smart. In fact on the ground of observation and that logic he concluded that the machine was a witty hoax.
It is a reading I have done several times because of the delight of following Poe reasoning. Once I showed to some students as a model of sc scientific reasoning.

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Re: Chess computers in popular culture

Post by Steve B » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:30 pm

Adam Hair wrote:From an episode (37) of a cheesy cable show called 1000 Ways To Die (very loosely based on real stories, if at all), a Soviet chess master plays against a dedicated chess super computer with a robotic arm. The game does not go as easily as the chess master thought it would, which causes him to sweat profusely. As he touches a piece to make a move, his sweat drips on to the board, causing him to be electrocuted.

A cautionary tale for Steve Blincoe :shock:
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I will see if I can find a clip of it online.
Actually i have prepared for that possibility years ago
whenever i play one of my dedicated computer's i always use those rubber glove thingies that the folks wear when serving you at a Deli Check out counter
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Re: Chess computers in popular culture

Post by Steve B » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:37 pm

The MB Robot was released by MB under 3 different names
MB Grandmaster
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10261668@N ... 0922174592

MB Phantom
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10261668@N ... 922174592/


MB Milton
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10261668@N ... 0922174592

Each computer insisted on appearing in the movie so they had to constantly switch computers during the entire shooting of the movie

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Post by JuLieN » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:40 pm

Steve B wrote:The MB Robot was released by MB under 3 different names
MB Grandmaster
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10261668@N ... 0922174592

MB Phantom
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10261668@N ... 922174592/


MB Milton
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10261668@N ... 0922174592

Each computer insisted on an appearance in the movie so they kept switching computers during the entire movie

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Re: Chess computers in popular culture

Post by fern » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:44 pm

Perhaps you should add to that precaution a iron chain touching the ground, just in case.

WHAT A HECK HAPPENED WITH YOUR SEARCH OF A FIDELITY SUPER 9 REGARDS?????????????
I have already earmarked some bucks for that....


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Re: Chess computers in popular culture

Post by Steve B » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:51 pm

fern wrote:Perhaps you should add to that precaution a iron chain touching the ground, just in case.

WHAT A HECK HAPPENED WITH YOUR SEARCH OF A FIDELITY SUPER 9 REGARDS?????????????
I have already earmarked some bucks for that....


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Re: Chess computers in popular culture

Post by mhull » Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:04 pm

Adam Hair wrote: I have not read The Hitchhiker's Guide yet, but I will do so.
IMO, for Adams to work, you have to put your mind into 1970s England because the jokes and social commentary really only resonate in that specific milieu. It's exactly the same situation for "Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy". If you've never been immersed in issues of that time (from either having lived through it or from studying it in depth), it will be difficult to fully grok (or otherwise escape into) the story's atmosphere.
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