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Thinking Machine 4: Watch It Think Over Chess Moves

Martin Wattenberg and Marek Walczak's Thinking Machine 4 is not your usual computer chess. When you move your piece, the computer's thought process is then sketched on the screen as it ponders its move:

A map is created from the traces of literally thousands of possible futures as the program tries to decide its best move. Those traces become a key to the invisible lines of force in the game as well as a window into the spirit of a thinking machine.

The orange lines are potential moves by black (computer) and the green is white (player).

Go ahead, just give it a try and watch the computer think: Link - via Cliff Pickover's Reality Carnival


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The weakest chess computer I have ever played against. I can beat it by hardly thinking at all. But it is kinda cool to see the computer "thinking" even though it doesn't make very good moves.
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Nice graphics, but the computer is way overthinking. It has to consider all possible moves, whereas a human can go faster by not considering "stupid" moves. If you are playing someone who makes stupid moves, then you don't have to worry about thinking too much.
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That's really neat. Not the best chess game, but for the time it takes to "think" about it's move, it's a reasonable match (but it seems to fall for a piece swapping strategy every time).
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