Garry Kasparov on AI

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Garry Kasparov on AI

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:30 pm

See interview in Wired from 21 February 2020:

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Some interesting comments.

See also the Chessbase exceprts from this interview, which also links to this:

Chess, a Drosophila of reasoning

That is an editorial in Science magazine by Kasparov in December 2018 (not sure if it was mentioned here back then).

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Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:35 pm

Is there any reason to think Kasparov is actually expert in this field at all?
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Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Post by Joey Stewart » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:42 pm

Only that he has had a strong interest in chess computers since they first started to get good so you would imagine he has above average knowledge in the field.
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Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Post by Nick Burrows » Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:11 pm

He also appeared on this podcast, talking about chess and AI:

https://youtu.be/8RVa0THWUWw

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Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Post by NickFaulks » Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:00 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:35 pm
Is there any reason to think Kasparov is actually expert in this field at all?
What can you mean? He's an expert on everything.

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Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Post by David Robertson » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:21 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:35 pm
Is there any reason to think Kasparov is actually expert in this field at all?
None whatsoever.

He was invited to join Nick Bostrum's at his Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, without doubt as a name-recognisable, sponsorship-seeking intiative by the Institute. In his own book on the subject: Deep Thinking, Kasparov jokes, with leaden cod-humility, that at meetings of the Institute he was "the most stupid person in the room". Surprising no one, certainly not me, given the tripe outlined in 'Deep Thinking' (written, where it has any accuracy, by Mig Greengard).

Kasparov's principal, and only, USP is that he's faced an AI. After the chess is done, he's got nothing to say. Which doesn't stop him plagiarising what credible others have said

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Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Post by Francis Fields » Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:36 am

Since the first chess algorithm was written by Alan Turing in the 1950's, the chess computers have relied on calculation to improve their strength as the computers got faster. AlphaZero was the game-changer as it learned how to play by itself. How this was achieved is serious science and if there are applications in medicine as Kasparov claims, then it is unlikely to concern me.

The idea that billions of pieces of data is a business advantage is not something that I, as a consumer, believe. If enough of his thoughts are strung together then it ends up sounding like Sci-Fi.

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Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Post by Roger de Coverly » Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:14 pm

Francis Fields wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:36 am
Since the first chess algorithm was written by Alan Turing in the 1950's, the chess computers have relied on calculation to improve their strength as the computers got faster.
Until Alpha Zero, they also had to use the rules their programmers taught them. So they would calculate ahead and then check the resulting position against the evaluation, retaining only those lines that lead to positions thought worthy of further consideration.

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Post by Ted Black » Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:22 pm

Francis Fields wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:36 am
AlphaZero was the game-changer as it learned how to play by itself. How this was achieved is serious science and if there are applications in medicine as Kasparov claims, then it is unlikely to concern me.

If enough of his thoughts are strung together then it ends up sounding like Sci-Fi.
AI is already better at detecting certain types of cancers than specialist doctors. Deep Mind was not just created to play Chess and Go, but possibly to solve real world problems, such as medical diagnosis and financial algorithms, etc. And I would say that many of the technologies we take for granted now would have seemed like Sci-Fi fifty years ago too!

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Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Post by John McKenna » Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:38 pm

Much of what is said above may well be true.

However, in the final analysis, the only solution to "financial algorithms" is likely to be "42" (plus or minus an infinite margin for human error).
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Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Post by Francis Fields » Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:22 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:14 pm

Until Alpha Zero, they also had to use the rules their programmers taught them. So they would calculate ahead and then check the resulting position against the evaluation, retaining only those lines that lead to positions thought worthy of further consideration.
I think the thoughts are in the wrong order. First, calculate ahead, then 'rules their programmers taught them' and only then 'further consideration'.

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