Letter: Man vs machine: it's not over yet

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The Independent Online
Sir: Amid the clamour of scientific hyperbole surrounding Kasparov's defeat by a "super-computer" the size of a large garden shed, hasn't anyone noticed the blindingly obvious? The programs which drive Deep Blue's immense cognitive faculties have been created by lowly humans. Kasparov's defeat does not show that machines are cleverer than human beings, rather that humans have become so clever as to create a machine which can outstrip their own cognitive capacities.

MATTHEW GRIST

Colchester, Essex

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