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Old 2022-05-24, 17:42   #364
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Default IBM's Deep Blue beats Gary Kasparov

25 years ago, on May 11. 1997, a match of man vs machine started when IBM's Deep Blue beat GrandMaster and World Chess Champion Gary Kasparov. The match was actually quite close. Kasparov took the first game and Deep Blue took the second. The next three were draws. The match ended with Deep Blue winning the next and last game.
This match is often erroneously used as an example of AI but Deep Blue simply used massive brute force to win,
analyzing over 200 million moves per second. No AI heuristics played a part.
It should be mentioned that chess playing computers existed as early as the 1950s, but were very weak.

The first commercially available chess playing computers became available about 1977.
These were weak too but dramatically advanced in the 1980s as faster microprocessors and cheaper memory became available.

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Old 2022-05-25, 13:50   #365
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On Thursday, May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a speech before the House of Representatives. Most of it was about the Cold War. However, there was one bit near the end that became better remembered:
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I therefore ask the Congress, above and beyond the increases I have earlier requested for space activities, to provide the funds which are needed to meet the following national goals:

First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.

No single space project in this period will be more exciting, or more impressive, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.
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Old 2022-05-25, 14:37   #366
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Those were the days.

Today, no matter who was president, no matter what party they represented, and no matter how forward-thinking or excellent the idea, the person would be lambasted and crucified by the other party for suggesting something so outrageous.

This is the unescapable atmosphere that today's politics + media + social media + corruption + instant global mass communication has produced. It's an ugly concoction.
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Old 2022-05-25, 14:52   #367
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Those were the days.
I remember reading in a school textbook that there would be a manned Mars mission by ~1980. Still waiting. I suppose these days it would be worded differently, as a mission with a human crew aboard.
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Old 2022-05-25, 16:33   #368
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Those were the days.

Today, no matter who was president, no matter what party they represented, and no matter how forward-thinking or excellent the idea, the person would be lambasted and crucified by the other party for suggesting something so outrageous.

This is the unescapable atmosphere that today's politics + media + social media + corruption + instant global mass communication has produced. It's an ugly concoction.
A brave politician would choose to make such a statement, not because it is easy but because it is hard.
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Old 2022-05-25, 17:07   #369
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A brave politician would choose to make such a statement, not because it is easy but because it is hard.
Bravery aside, that wouldn't matter. They would still be battered into oblivion by the forces I mentioned.

Bottom line is that policy nowadays is determined strictly by those forces, and not at all on the merits of the issue.
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Old 2022-05-25, 19:15   #370
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A brave politician would choose to make such a statement, not because it is easy but because it is hard.
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Old 2022-05-26, 01:42   #371
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I remember reading in a school textbook that there would be a manned Mars mission by ~1980. Still waiting. I suppose these days it would be worded differently, as a mission with a human crew aboard.
One of our favorite movies: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120029/

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One of our favorite movies: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120029/
One of our favorite ideas: Project Orion.

There is a book about this written by George Dyson, the son of a certain important person involved with this project. I have a copy of this book on my bookshelf, which I have read many times.
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