Playing the chess program cranked up to the highest level, I hold my own through the opening and into middle game. Yet, as it is with some of my human opponents, I get this eerie feeling the program has turned the game in its favor although I see equality on the board.

I wonder when intuition is based on some analytic process hidden from consciousness. No matter what our decision processes are, our emotions eventually force the process to halt. If the emotions did not do that, we would be nothing but prey trying to decide if the lion stalking us was truly out to eat us.

Meanwhile, the chess program halts its algorithmic calculations and makes its next move. The computer has to simulate emotions even if it does not have them. Moves must be made.

Published in: on April 25, 2008 at 11:57 am  Leave a Comment  

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