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Computers can beat humans at chess, but which games are still dominated by humans?

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Simon Singh is an author with a doctorate in physics from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His works include Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book and Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial.

Computers can beat humans at chess, but which games are still dominated by humans?

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  1. Any game which has too many possible moves for a computer to predict a winning outcome will usually be dominated by humans rather than computers.

    Chess is relatively easy for computers because in any one turn there are only a small number of moves, and a computer can then “look ahead” for each move to see what would happen if the opponent did one thing, or another. It will keep “looking ahead” to determine if a particular set of moves is successful or not, or if it runs out of memory!

    An example of a game where there are too many moves for a computer to use this relatively simple winning strategy is Go – an ancient chinese game. There’s a link on how people are working on ways for computers to do well at this game here:

    http://spectrum.ieee.org/oct07/5552

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