September 13th, 2017 6:30 PM - 9 PMNew York City

Garry Kasparov and Mig Greengard

Kasparov’s 1997 chess match against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue was a watershed moment in the history of technology. It was the dawn of a new era in artificial intelligence: a machine capable of beating the reigning human champion at this most cerebral game.

That moment was more than a century in the making, and in this breakthrough book, Kasparov reveals his astonishing side of the story for the first time. He will talk about how it felt to strategize against an implacable, untiring opponent with the whole world watching, and he will recount the history of machine intelligence through the microcosm of chess, considered by generations of scientific pioneers to be a key to unlocking the secrets of human and machine cognition.

Mig Greengard met Kasparov in Buenos Aires, where they discussed the potential of the internet to transform the chess world. In 1999, Kasparov hired him to help build and run his chess dot-com, KasparovChess Online, which was created in Israel. When Kasparov retired from professional chess in 2005 to lead the Russian pro-democracy movement, Mig became the director of The Other Russia news service. He now does research, writing, social media, and communications. He has collaborated as the “with” with Kasparov on three books: How Life Imitates Chess (2007), Winter Is Coming (2015), and Deep Thinking (2017). Mig is short for Miguel and has nothing to do with Soviet jets or Swedish pronouns.

Kasparov and Greengard will discuss their unrivaled experience to look into the future of intelligent machines and see its bright possibilities. They will discuss how humanity can rise to new heights with the help of our most extraordinary creations, rather than fear them.

In 2008 Kasparov ran for the presidency of Russia. In 2012, he was named chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, succeeding Václav Havel. He has been a contributing editor to The Wall Street Journal since 1991. In 2012 he was arrested and beaten in Moscow as he lead a demonstration. Kasparov lives in exile.

Early RSVPs are suggested as the event will reach capacity.

Event Type Regular Event
Event Date Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Event Time 6:30 PM
Event Pricing
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