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IBM Deep Blue Team Gets $100,000 Prize

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Creators of IBM’s Deep Blue, the computer that beat Garry Kasparov, received a $100,000 prize established 17 years ago to be given the first time a computer beat a world chess champion. Feng Hsu, Murray Campbell and A. Joseph Hoane Jr. will split Carnegie Mellon University’s Fredkin Prize. The men said they were surprised by the worldwide debate about the man versus machine battle that ended with Deep Blue beating Kasparov in the May chess series--Kasparov’s only chess defeat. “Some people are apprehensive about what the future can bring,” Hsu said. “But it’s important to remember that a computer is a tool.”


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