Nickelodeon (Columbia, SC): Computer Chess*

National Evening of Science on Screen
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1hr 32mins // directed by:Andrew Bujalski

Nickelodeon (Columbia, SC) will present a screening of Computer Chess, introduced by Professor Joshua Cooper. Please click here for event details.

Writer/director Andrew Bujalski transports viewers back to 1980 with this comedy set at a provincial hotel that's simultaneously hosting a weekend tournament for chess software programmers and a New Age therapy convention for couples. Joshua Cooper, an associate professor of mathematics at University of South Carolina, discusses the concept of combinatorial explosion before the film.  

About the Film

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.

About the Speaker

Joshua Cooper is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina.

* = Past recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize (given annually to outstanding feature films focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character).