Play Chess Against a Computer and See What It's Thinking

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Few of us are 18-year-old Go world champions, but all of us can play chess against an AI program that visualizes what the computer is thinking.

The viewer makes the first move. When it’s the AI’s turn, the computer sketches out possible moves (often several steps in the future) on the screen before it makes its decision. Orange curves represent the computer’s possible moves, green ones are moves the viewer could make, with the brighter lines being the best moves.

It’s no quantum chess, and most viewers are nowhere near being chess champions much less beating AI at a game like Go, but it provides a rare glimpse into the methods of the machine.

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Angela Chen is the morning editor at Gizmodo.

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DISCUSSION

That’s nice I guess. I was hoping for a little more inner monologue:

Computer: “Yes humanoid idiot, just keep winning those little pawns while I reprogram your microwave to superheat your food to lethal levels! MWAH HA HA HA!”