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February 15, 1996 | Jack Peters
The man-versus-machine chess showdown remained deadlocked Wednesday as world champion Garry Kasparov and the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue drew their second game in a row. After one win each and two draws, the score of the six-game match in Philadelphia stands at 2-2. Kasparov obtained a small advantage with the White pieces but could not make progress. At move 33, Kasparov devised a plan to capture Black's vulnerable c-pawn.
February 17, 1996 | Jack Peters
World chess champion Garry Kasparov defeated the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue on Friday, giving himself an unbeatable lead going into the last game of their man-versus-machine contest. The victory gives Kasparov a 3-2 lead in the Philadelphia competition. The 32-year-old world chess champion has two wins and the computer has one. There have been two draws.
June 3, 2005 | Kevin Crust;Kevin Thomas
Filmmaker Len Morris' densely packed informational documentary on child labor, "Stolen Childhoods," crisscrosses the globe, visiting eight countries -- including the United States -- to illustrate the severity of the circumstances under which a reported 246 million children toil. An impassioned plea for change, the film balances bleak, Dickensian conditions with details of a growing number of international programs designed to combat the epidemic.
February 14, 1996 | Jack Peters
The third game of the match between world chess champion Garry Kasparov and the supercomputer Deep Blue was drawn Tuesday in Philadelphia. Each player has won once, and the score is tied at 1 1/2 to 1 1/2. The Assn. of Computing and Machinery is conducting the six-game match as part of the festivities surrounding the 50th anniversary of the creation of ENIAC, the first computer. ACM has offered $400,000 to the winner.
June 4, 2011 | By Swati Pandey, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Indigo is something of a mystery. It sits between the more familiar purple and blue of rainbows. And it's the elusive center of Catherine E. McKinley's "Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World" which like its eponymous shade, falls somewhere between more familiar poles. As history, it wanders, sometimes too hastily, through millenniums and contents to trace the reach and power of indigo dye and fabric. As memoir, it gorgeously recounts McKinley's journey to West Africa's teeming markets and churning factories, through funerals and uprisings, to find "the bluest of blues.
As Bugzilla and Venomous slug it out, an intense but soft-spoken computer programmer watches from his apartment in Newbury Park. Carlos Justiniano has nine computers arrayed on a table in front of his four-poster bed. Sleeping just four hours a night, he pours himself into his fast-growing pet project--a globe-girdling network of computers that he hopes will one day play killer chess. He says it will be the largest chess computer network ever.
February 17, 2011 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
"Jeopardy!" has a new champion, and its name is Watson. During the Wednesday finale of the three-day "Jeopardy!" challenge that pitted all-stars Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter against an IBM supercomputer, the machine beat the men. Watson finished with $77,147, Jennings with $24,000 and Rutter with $21,600. The win is a publicity coup for IBM, which created Watson as part of its Great Mind Challenge series. The company hopes to sell Watson's question-answering technology for use in hospitals and on call-center help desks.
April 25, 1988 | NANCY CHURNIN
Even through the rows of cement slabs that define the sidewalks of the Bronx, an occasional sprig of green might wend its way through the cracks to curl wistfully toward the sun. There is a similar feel to the story of the emotionally battered young man and woman in the Bronx-based "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," playing at the Bowery Theatre through May 19.
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