Chess computers are so under rated and ipods are sooo over rated.
Poor chess computers have bad name because they released so many crap ones... 'grandmaster tactics' - yes but a dead one. 'advanced search alogarythm' - 1.5 moves at a push. there are some truly awful ones. But saiteks are good and so long as you buy an 1800+ elo they play a nice game, and one that took me from the bottom of the chess club to half way up. The fact they stopped making very strong ones is a dumbing down of society!
As for ipods - a good way to get hit by a bus to my mind, they save on cds but i like cds for some reason.
But i also think both have sinister side - Chess computer chips - looked a few up and they find there way into encryption systems, missiles even. I was saying to a friend people think they're toys but can you immagine going to war against one? if Russia used a chess computer and the US used a general? they are often linked to ai - and some talk, they can form random conversations based on the game one says 'you win but you used the take back button'' . AI will come when you combine the thinking power of a chesscomputer with the data storage of a server - put the 2 together and you have something quite scary!
When i was very young i showed my friend this 'magic trick' pick a card and i'll guess what it is! they did and i proceeded to count the cards out 1 by 1 until there were 51 so i knew his! thats not magic! he said. but thats how chess progs work, why almost all card games are 'cracked' by computers - my best computer thinks of 3000 - 4500 posistions per second! and even with 45 seconds is still just about beatable in the petroff, and servers pull that trick, detecting you by elimminating everyone else.
With ipods theres something even more wrong - they pull the wool over your eyes so much people get hit by trucks! A creepy thing about the ipod.... Whats on the menu? Your finger! They put people in a dangerous bubble to my mind - a place where something can creep up on them.
So the question is could you start a war with a chess computer?
Can an Ipod make you oblivious to one?
any thoughts folks?