I don't mind people disagreeing with me, most do, and I agree the computer is a useful tool.
But I also point to the 1000's of very good players who emerged before 1995
when computers 'got good'.
Most of us are home and casual players. I do not think anyone on RHP
earns their living by playing chess so most of us would be very happy
being just half as good as some of the great players from the pre computer era.
Apart from a few gifted individuals these old masters got there with the book,
board and study method. So to improve a computer is not really needed.
That method has a proven track record. It works if you are willing to put the time in.
In my opinion the computer is overused and over evaluated at the lower level.
Weaker players use them to do their thinking and exploring for them and the
hype around these things makes it seem it is a must have tool. It's not.
At the top level yes. But these guys really know what they are doing
and use it correctly as a tool and not as a crutch.
Also I have faith that one day with some radical new programming
they will design a computer that knows what a difficult position is
for a human to solve and it will be able to set 20-30 moves deep traps
that should the player step into it on move one then there is no escape.
At the moment they can see them but cannot play them because perhaps
on move 15 the eval drops by 0.05. When that day comes I expect some
wonderful new opening variations and middle game sac-sac attacks to appear
as it considers not playing the best or safest move but looks for a human type error.
This is from a game on here (Black to play)
All computers I have tested choose in order 1...Kxb7 then 1...Kb8 or 1...Kc7.
The human played 1...Kc7 setting a 'you can win this trap' which the
White human player fell for playing 2.Ka6 expecting and only seeing
2...d3 3. Ka7 White promotes first and wins.
Instead Black played 2....Kb8 and White resigned.
What is needed is a program that will always choose in such positions
1...Kc7 looking for an error (which is human trait) rather than expecting best play.