Nineteen years ago today, IBM's Deep Blue computer made history by defeating reigning world chess champ Garry Kasparov.
On this day in 1997, Garry Kasparov sat down to his final day of chess with IBM's Deep Blue. It didn't go well, and eventually the computer won, beating the expert on the final day of a six-game competition. The result changed the way we think about computer intelligence for good.
IBM's Watson may be the talk of the tech nerds these days, but IBM's "Deep" generation of supercomputers haven't faded into complete obscurity since Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in chess 15 years ago. In fact, it's brother, Deep Thunder will bring its hyper-precise weather forecasts to the iPad.
A computer has beaten a human at shogi, otherwise known as Japanese chess, for the first time. Oh dear.
In today's Remainders: your noggin! It's what chess champ Garry Kasparov used to defeat increasingly sophisticated computer opponents; it's what the contestants on Jeopardy consult for answers (or questions); it's the site of the next X-Prize challenge; and more.