Computer  Chess

Athens Ciné Athens, GA


Dr. Gregory Trandel

Professor of Economics, University of Georgia; Expert in Game Theory

Computer Chess— The Humanity of Strategy

A presentation on Game Theory and how it differs in humans and machines.

Athens Ciné Athens, GA

Film Synopsis

A 1980s-set story centered around a man-versus-machine chess tournament.

Set in the early 1980s, in and around an isolated roadside hotel, computer programmers gather for a tournament that pits their chess programs against each other. The action is centered on the junior programmer of an academic team who begins to suspect that their computer is able to detect the difference between a computer opponent and a human one, and thus is exhibiting elements of self-consciousness. He also learns from another member of the team that the computer had been engaging him in gnomic philosophical dialogue and hinting that it thinks it’s alive.

About the Speaker

Dr. Gregory Trandel received his PhD in economics from Princeton University in 1992, and his bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Illinois in 1984. He began teaching at University of Georgia in 1989.