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In the 1990s Garry Kasparov achieved rock star status in the chess world with a freestyle approach that made mincemeat of his opponents. But Kasparov’s reign as world chess master ended in 1997 at the digital hands of IBM’s Deep Blue, making him the first high-profile victim of the modern machine. He would not be the last. In 2011, IBM Watson thrashed human opponents on Jeopardy.

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