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Computer Chess

We now live in an age when phones are called "smart." Are they? Where did the trend begin, this business of ascribing concepts of intelligence to machines?

That brings us to this film, "Computer Chess."

"Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future." (from the Metro's website below)

Interested in computers and simulations of intelligence? Or is human intelligence too nebulous a concept to ever define and replicate in a machine?

Please join me for this film. For any interested parties, we can head over for coffee afterwards, and discuss this film and some of the issues and themes it covers. I'd be very interested to hear what you think about these topics.

The show starts at 7pm. Meetup time is 6:45pm in the main lobby of the Garneau, near the couches. I'll be holding a bouquet of artificial and artificially intelligent flowers so that you can spot me.

For more information, please look at this smart website:

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  • Doris

    Really different movie, different is good! Especially when the "open"couple is trying to convince a chess fan to join the club, very funny scene... I would have left too. LOL Many thanks to Maria for organizing.

    1 · August 10, 2013

    • Maria

      Poor Peter. :( And my pleasure. Glad you could make it. See you at another flick soon. I agree that different is good.

      August 11, 2013

  • Maria

    Fun movie, and nice chat afterwards. :)

    August 10, 2013

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  • Maria
    Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Doris
    Assistant Organizer
  • A former member

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