• http://www.rimmkaufman.com George Michie

    Terrific post, as always, Gord. I don’t know if you saw the remarkable post from Palantir on the power of human insights and processes interacting with machines for brute horse power. http://blog.palantirtech.com/2010/03/08/friction-in-human-computer-symbiosis-kasparov-on-chess/

    The argument goes that machines by themselves have to do exponentially more calculations than humans do, because they don’t have any judgment. They discuss the playchess.com free-style tournament that demonstrated that a grandmaster + a basic chess computer crushed the Deep Blue style super computer by itself. But that more surprisingly, the competent chess player using a process to take advantage of three different computer algorithms beat the grandmaster plus machine combination.

    Fascinating stuff that proves your point. Machines are powerful tools in the hands of smart people using good processes. By themselves, they only go so far.

  • http://www.rimmkaufman.com George Michie

    Oops, to be clear, the three computer algorithms were of the basic variety, not the super-computer variety.