Computer  Chess

The Nickelodeon Columbia, SC


Dr. Joshua Cooper

Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of South Carolina

Computer Chess— Why it is so difficult to develop strong chess playing software?

A discussion of the concept of combinatorial explosion.

The Nickelodeon Columbia, SC

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. Joshua Cooper is an associate professor of mathematics at the University of South Carolina, and chief data scientist at BehaviorMatrix.