Thinking Machine 6

What is happening?
The artwork is an artificial intelligence program,
ready to play chess with the viewer. If the viewer confronts
the program, the computer’s thought process is sketched on
screen as it plays. 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.

What do the images mean?
When it is your (White’s) turn to move, the chess board will
gently pulse to show the influence of the various pieces.
Each white piece causes light ripples on the squares it attacks;
black pieces, in turn, add darker ripples.
When the
machine (Black) is thinking, a network of curves is overlaid on the board.
The curves show potential moves—often
several turns in the future—considered by the computer. Orange curves
are moves by


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