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Monday, September 26, 2005

Play Chess Against the Thinking Machine v4

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Play Chess Against the Thinking Machine v4

This is a little demonstration on how computer artificial intelligence works. It uses a chess game as it's model, which will help simplify the process to anyone who understands the game. Basically you play the game and the demonstration will show you what the computer is thinking.

"What do I do?
Play the game. You're white. To begin the game, move one of your pieces...

What do the images mean?
When it is your (White's) turn to move, the chess board will gently pulse to show the influence of the various pieces. in the left image below, you can see waves over the squares around the king and (very lightly) over the squares where the pawns might capture. When the machine (Black) is thinking, a network of curves is overlaid on the board; see image at right. The curves show potential moves--often several turns in the future--considered by the computer. Orange curves are moves by black; green curves are ones by white. The brighter curves are thought by the program to be better for white."

Link: Thinking Machine 4: Play the Game

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