Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Short Take: “Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine”

What I tweeted: Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine-Chess master loses match to a super computer and struggles with the fact that he's only super human. 6.5 (out of 10)

What I thought: I wish this documentary was more insightful. Unfortunately, it’s basically a vehicle for Kaparov’s conspiracy theories. As a result, he comes off as whiney while complaining that he got rooked in a rigged content against IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer. The fact is, if the machine can crunch every possible move and outcome in the blink of an eye, eventually you’re going to get beat. It’s just that Kaparov was arrogant and gullible enough to believe that he was invincible. For a better man versus machine (and conspiracy) documentary, I’d recommend “The King of Kong.”

“Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine”

Released: 2003

Rating: PG

Length: 85 minutes

Cast: Garry Kasparov, Terry Wogan, Anatoli Karpov

Director: Vikram Jayanti

Genre(s): Documentary

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