In 1997, a monumental event occurred that shook the world of chess to its core: DeepBlue, an IBM supercomputer. conquered the legendary Gary Kasparov. Many said, "Chess is over!". Yet, here we are, 26 years later, witnessing a renaissance in chess like never before.
While the prospect of two AI machines battling it out on the chessboard is an awe-inspiring technical feat, we can't help but be drawn to the spectacle of human players locked in mental combat. Why? The answer lies in our fascination with the raw human experience – the weaknesses, the struggles, and the failures that imbue every match with drama, excitement, and meaning. This magnetic attraction to the human spirit transcends chess and speaks to the larger questions of life.
The rise of AI will lead to the loss of some jobs, but as history has taught us, major technological advancements also spark an explosion of new opportunities. The key to unlocking AI's potential lies in embracing a symbiotic relationship, where we think and strategise while our 'silicon' assistants execute our plans with precision.
As we stand on the precipice of an exciting new era, AI will be meaningful when we collaborate with it when it assists us, and when we do the thinking and let it do the doing. Chess isn't over and neither are we.