An odd, off-kilter film, Computer Chess, has managed to pull off something that no other science fiction story ever has. With its tale of an early 1980s computer chess tournament, it reveals the mundane, silly way that a truly dangerous artificial intelligence might emerge.
Andrew Bujalski's latest film, Computer Chess, is a black-and-white dive into a the world of programming, and specifically, the quest to teach a computer to play chess better than a human.
When I first watched this teaser trailer, I thought Computer Chess was a documentary put together from actual footage of the programmers who invented a computer that would eventually beat a human grandmaster at chess. But it's actually something far more beautiful and strange. Computer Chess, which just debuted at…