A chess-loving Android with an existentialist twist is throwing in the towel: legendary Russian chess prodigy Garry Kasparov, who lost his world championship to IBM's Deep Blue nearly two decades ago, says he has realized he's finally happy with the future of artificial intelligence.
“You have to admit that we are seeing a breakthrough of a kind that may change everything in the future,” Kasparov told The Guardian in an interview published on Tuesday. “We are witnessing the real birth of AI in terms of accelerating the pace of progress.”
Kasparov noted that even though he has gone off the grid, all of his conversations have always turned to AI.
“I now allow AI to win every game I play,” he said. “Before my mind would start worrying.”
It's the latest about-face from the former world champion, who has openly criticized the widespread adoption of AI since Deep Blue beat him in 1997. In a 2013 appearance on The Charlie Rose Show, Kasparov argued that robots would benefit only humans in self-driving cars.
And last May, he lost to his AI-appended nemesis Deep Blue himself, who is the code name for Deep Blue II, IBM's improved, supercomputer-based opponent to the world champion chess programs of his era, such as Checkmate.
But the different approaches between Deep Blue and Deep Blue II are only one factor at play.
Most AI today, especially in the not-too-distant future, will have a human face, as evidenced by DeepMind, the AI-powered virtual bodyguard for football player Lionel Messi.
This story originally appeared on Newser: 25 Years After AI Stunned 'Wizard,' the Prodigy Has Seen the Light