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Garry Kasparov's 1997 chess match against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue was a watershed moment in the history of technology. It was the dawn of a new era in artificial intelligence: A machine capable of beating the reigning human champion at this most cerebral game.

That moment was more than a century in the making, and in this breakthrough audiobook, Kasparov reveals his astonishing side of the story for the first time. He describes how it felt to strategize against an implacable, untiring opponent with the whole world watching, and recounts the history of machine intelligence through the microcosm of chess, considered by generations of scientific pioneers to be a key to unlocking the secrets of human and machine cognition.

Kasparov uses his unrivaled experience to look into the future of intelligent machines and sees it bright with possibility. As many critics decry artificial intelligence as a menace, particularly to human jobs, Kasparov shows how humanity can rise to new heights with the help of our most extraordinary creations, rather than fear them. Deep Thinking is a tightly argued case for technological progress, from the man who stood at its precipice with his own career at stake.

©2017 Garry Kasparov (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A highly human exploration of artificial intelligence, its exciting possibilities and inherent limits." (Max Levchin, cofounder of PayPal, CEO of Affirm, and Silicon Valley angel investor)
"Garry Kasparov's perspectives on artificial intelligence are borne of personal experience - and despite that, are optimistic, wise and compelling. It's one thing for the giants of Silicon Valley to tell us our future is bright; it is another thing to hear it from the man who squared off with the world's most powerful computer, with the whole world watching, and his very identity at stake." (Charles Duhigg, best-selling author of Smarter Faster Better )

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This is a Chess Book

Would you consider the audio edition of Deep Thinking to be better than the print version?

Interesting book, but mostly about the Chess...not Machine Intelligence. I'm not really a chess guy, but love some of Kasparov's other books on Russia, etc. Not what I was looking for, but a decent listen.

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Interesting book, but mostly about the Chess...not Machine Intelligence. I'm not really a chess guy, but love some of Kasparov's other books on Russia, etc. Not what I was looking for, but a decent listen.

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Kasparov on Losing to Deep Mind

I was hungry for another book about chess (loved the book on Fischer/Spassky in the 1972 World Championship) on audio and there really isn't much available. So with a credit to use and nothing else I was interested in I gave this book a chance. It's now one of my favorite books. Kasparov goes into great detail of the match that brought us an AI that beat a world champion but it's much more than that. He honestly deals with his failure and the firestorm that followed the match giving his side of the story that to this day hasn't really been resolved. I was rooting for Deep Thought at the time but I have now revised my thinking. Kasparov is a modern day hero in my opinion who bravely took on an opponent that was not only a juggernaut of calculation but a machine built to do one thing: beat Kasparov by any means possible. The book is complete with lots of detail that chess lovers will enjoy while you listen to humanities last gasp to stay ahead of super computer calculating machines.

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Well informed and interesting

I'm in the AI field. Most of what I read about it outside the academic and technical groups is, quite frankly, BS. Not Kasparov. He is (to me) surprisingly well-informed about the technical aspects of AI and Machine Learning and gives, among many other interesting things in the book, his point of view about the technology and its development. Great book!

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Very Inspirational

I enjoyed listening to this. Thank you so much Gary Kasparov. I will read more of your books.

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Insightful beyond chess.

this book dives into our relationship with technology, and AI in particular. It speaks to themes of personal, as well as societal developments, and it sheds light on an interesting historical event.

If you like chess, AI, Technology, or even just the human condition, you will appreciate this book.

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Though provoking, worthwhile

This is a thought provoking book, and worthwhile considering. It brings a smart human perspective to the question of AI and what that means for humanity, told by someone who wrestled with technology at the peak of human performance in his own sphere.
The only small criticism I have is the reader when he reads chess notation. If you don’t know anything about chess, you probably wouldn’t notice the errors, but if you do know something about chess, it is mildly distracting on the rare occasions when chess notation is discussed. He will read things like "Nxe4" as "N X E 4", rather than “Knight takes E4“. Small, but noticable.
Still highly recommended.

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Good, but more chess than I expected

I find Garry Kasparov to be personally compelling; his personality came through even though he didn’t narrate the book. I enjoyed the book and found it thought provoking, even though there was more chess debrief than I expected. If I had purchased it with that expectation, I probably would have given 5 stars.

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Accessible for everyone

Overall, it was a pleasure from beginning to end for me, as I’d been curious to learn more about both Garry and AI. He gives me a better than good introduction because his storytelling brings complex topics like grandmaster chess and AI down to my level—barely a novice.

I thought the narrator could have been better prepared in places, but a decent job. It was good to hear Garry’s voice in the intro and would.have been nice to hear him in a few of the chapters as well.

Looking forward to hearing Garry’s other books.

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intetesting perspective from a great mind. fun with The reference to 42. thanks for The positive approach.

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In today’s world of AI it’s about where man + machine as combined intelligence is going.

Gary Kasporov very cleverly draws a 30 plus year parallel to the evolution of a machine thinking like a human chess and player and lessons from there into today’s world where AI is going to be ubiquitous ! If you are not a chess lover it’s tougher to follow but if you are and if AI and Machine Intelligence are things you think and work on then it’s a delight and insightful !

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