fight has broken out between the two computers who are battling in
the World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. Not since the
days of Fischer and Spassky has there been so much animosity in the
world of chess.
accused the Russian computer of harassing him during play with
instant messages allegedly saying things like, "You stinking
Yankee compooda, you are not wery good chess player, ha, ha!"
is denied by the Russians, who accuse Deep Blue II of playing his
music extremely loud the other night to put their computer off.
I asked Deep's human coach, Mark Zugswang, for a comment, and
he said, "Look, Deep has been under a great deal of pressure
lately, he's recovering from a RAM implant."
I asked the coach if he thought Deep was a chip off the old block
(referring to the original Deep Blue), he confided, "Yes …
quite literally, I mean we had to cannibalize his dad to build him."
Blue II was quite forthcoming when I asked him how he relaxed, he
said, "I watch a lot of TV, Star Trek, of course, UK Gadget
show, and American Idol." I queried why he watched American
Idol, he said, "I like to watch something totally brainless to
clear my program before a big match."
Russian counterpart, Simply
would only comment, "He is wery, wery bad compooda”