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Twenty years ago, the world looked on in amazement as humanity’s best chess player was beaten by a computer for the first time. While Deep Blue’s victory over Garry Kasparov may have made it seem that computers were learning to think like us, in fact it showed why it was better to be a machine. What followed was the realisation that we could put computers to work on changing almost every aspect of our lives. Mark Anderson tells the fascinating in-depth story of how former student project Deep Blue marked the start of the era of big data.
Whether you think you have a good sense of smell or not, you’d probably never imagine that it could measure up with that of a dog. But, as S Craig Roberts explains, a new study has now challenged the idea that the human sense of smell is inferior to that of other animals – arguing it stems from promulgation of a 19th-century myth.
The latest episode of our new podcast Election Weekly is out now. We’re talking about the leak of the Labour Party manifesto and Theresa May’s image control tactics. Find out why manifestos are so important and why May might not actually want the massive majority she looks set to win on June 8.
Stephen Harris
Commissioning Editor

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Twenty years on from Deep Blue vs Kasparov: how a chess match started the big data revolution

Mark Robert Anderson, Edge Hill University
The in depth story of a student project that paved the way for a society-level shift in how we use computers.

Science + Technology


Theresa’s bins and Jeremy’s leaks: Election Weekly podcast

Stuart McAnulla, University of Leeds; Paula Keaveney, Edge Hill University
Expert analysis of the leaked Labour party manifesto and how the parties are trying to manage their media messaging.

Politics + Society

Business + Economy

Health + Medicine

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