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Deep Blue and Deep Thought

qtsii
Mar 12, 2008, 9:49 AM 2
Deep Blue is actually the technical descendant of an earlier supercomputer, called Deep Thought—named in honor of a famously fictional computer that also needed help from humans.

WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE DEEP THOUGHT NAME FOR THE EARLY CHESS SUPERCOMPUTER?

What's the origin of the Deep Thought name for the early chess supercomputer, a fictional reference that represents perhaps the ultimate instance of computers needing assistance from humans?

Developed at Carnegie Mellon University in the late 1980s, the original "real" Deep Thought supercomputer took its name from the fictional supercomputer Deep Thought, a character from the best-selling sci-fi comedy novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first published by the late, great Douglas Adams in 1979.


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