Computers are better than humans at chess.

Does that make playing chess an obsolete activity? Wouldn’t it just be a better life skill to know how to program a learning algorithm that learns to play chess better than Magnus Carlsen?

I’d say no, is my gut. If not only because I’m a sucker for the underdog, the human experience, and passion–check off all three in this case.

But also, situationally, there can be circumstances you’d imagine where the speed required to play a game versus setting up a computer would be better.

But then we say, theoretically, computers are more adaptable, faster to set up in every way. It’s always a better more efficient thing in every circumstance to program the computer to win than to win yourself. Than what?

I don’t know. Without even playing it feels like we’ve lost already, doesn’t it?

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