The Man vs. The Machine

FiveThirtyEight is the Web site of statistician Nate Silver (best known as a statistician who focuses on sports and political analyst).

In 2013, Silver and the website joined with ESPN. A few weeks ago they launched a new digital project entitled Signals, with the first episode being a look back a the rematch between Garry Kasparov and Deep Blue.

I like chess, but I’m not super great at it. I can hold my own, but never really studied strategy and really tried to learn the game. But that said, I love playing when I can and have a great deal of respect for the game.

Having a strong interest in technology and computers, this was a great mini-doc to watch. For the geeks, you’ll notice a very interesting development based on the classic “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature” trope.

// Edit: The video is in Flash, so may not play on iOS devices. Also, it seems like there’s a small delay between the advertisement and the actual content. I thought it was broken at first, but you just have to wait around a bit after it looks like it’s gotten stuck. Ad works, but content doesn’t. Boo.

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