Chess Popularity after AI

From Weekly I/O#60

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When Deep Blue beat Chess world champion Garry Kasparov in 1997, people claimed, "Chess is now over" and questioned what's the point of playing chess. However, 26 years later, chess has become more popular than ever.

Technically, two Artificial Intelligences playing chess together would be a better game. However, the crowd is not a fan of this in general because what interests and entertains us more is drama. And drama stems from imperfection and flaws.

I think this little piece of history provides another perspective on the current trend of generative AI and the tasks it will eventually take over.

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