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Rhett Power with Garry Kasparov on Power Lunch Live

Power Lunch Live

Garry Kasparov became the under-18 chess champion of the USSR at the age of 12 and the world under-20 champion at 17. He came to international fame at the age of 22 as the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985. He defended his title five times, including a legendary series of matches against arch-rival Anatoly Karpov. Kasparov broke Bobby Fischer’s rating record in 1990. His famous matches against the IBM super-computer Deep Blue in 1996-97 were key to bringing artificial intelligence, and chess, into the mainstream. Kasparov has been a contributing editor to The Wall Street Journal since 1991 and is a regular commentator on politics and human rights. He speaks frequently to business and political audiences around the world on technology, strategy, politics, and achieving peak mental performance. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Oxford-Martin School with a focus on human-machine collaboration. He’s a member of the executive advisory board of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and a Security Ambassador for Avast Software, where he discusses cybersecurity and the digital future. Kasparov’s book How Life Imitates Chess on strategy and decision-making is available in over 20 languages. He is the author of two acclaimed series of chess books, My Great Predecessors and Modern Chess. Kasparov’s 2015 book, Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped is a blend of history, memoir, and current events analysis. Kasparov’s next book is Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins. (May 2017) It details his matches against Deep Blue, his years of research and lectures on human and machine competition and collaboration, and his cooperation with the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. He says,“AI will transform everything we do and we must press forward ambitiously in the one area robots cannot compete with humans: in dreaming big dreams. Our machines will help us achieve them. Instead of worrying about what machines can do, we should worry more about what they still cannot do.”


13 Sep 2021

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227 A.I. And The Future with Greatest Chess Player Ever Garry Kasparov and Noodle.AI CEO Steve Pratt

Christopher Lochhead Follow Your Different™

In many circles, Chess is viewed as the ultimate display of intellectual might. If you think about it, chess is a fighting game that is purely intellectual and excludes all chance. In this episode of Follow Your Different, we talk to one of Chess’ ultimate combatants, Garry Kasparov. At age 22, Garry Kasparov became the world’s youngest chess champion, and from 1984 to his retirement in 2005, he was ranked the number one Chess player on the planet for a record 255 months of his career. He is also known as the man who competed against an IBM supercomputer in 1997. Today, Garry Kasparov is a political activist and an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. He is also the chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, and the author of the best-seller called Deep Thinking, Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins. In addition to all of this, he’s also working with a few advanced technology companies, in which I had the pleasure of meeting him. He has started working with a good friend of mine, Steve Pratt of Noodle.AI. So listen in as the three of us talk about Covid-19, the relationship between humans and machines, and how Garry jokes about being the first knowledge worker to have his job taken by a computer. Garry Kasparov and Steve Pratt on COVID-19 When asked how they were doing nowadays, Steve comments that it felt strange now that everything is slowly opening up. Nowadays, it seems weird when you see people not wearing masks when you go out, as compared to only a few months ago of masks and lockdowns. Garry shared that while it is slowly opening up in America and Europe, the rest of the world is going through a very different experience. He laments the current situation in Russia particularly, where his family and friends reside. “We know from history that the innovative power of undemocratic states is cannot be compared to the power of the free mind. It’s not an accident that the virus came from China, but the response came from the United States.” – Garry Kasparov Garry also points out the disparity on how people trust the vaccines compared to the Russian-made Sputnik vaccine. He attributes this mostly to having the proper data to prove its efficacy, which the Sputnik vaccine is sorely lacking at the moment. While there are vaccines that have lower efficacy rates compared to those made by Pfizer and Moderna, they’re still widely preferred due to the fact that they have data and tests to back those numbers up. Working Together and Freeing the Mind When asked if the low vaccination rates can be attributed to the vaccine or implementation, Garry answered that it was both happening at the same time. While the vaccine hesitancy was expected due to the lack of data on their vaccine, Russian government tried to promote Sputnik as the ultimate cure against COVID. They went as far as donating it to other countries, some of which flat-out refused, which further damaged its credibility. Moving away from Russia, Garry then compared China and the United States’ response to the virus. He notes that while China had a huge head start in studying the COVID virus, it still took them a while to create a vaccine that had low efficacy ratings. Enter US and the combined effort of the public and private sectors, and you have two working vaccines in just 10 months, both of which boast great efficacy. “So again, it’s very important to recognize that it’s this the free world, when we lift all the restrictions on risk. It could realize the wildest dreams, and somehow, I think the pandemics served us well, because it proved that we have to go back to the spirit of innovation and become pioneers, to become explorers. What’s important, again, the free world has potential, and now this potential have been exposed in a positive way.” – Garry Kasparov Human and A.I. We then talked about technology and A.I., how people are still against it in fears of somehow making an evil sentient A.I. that will rule us all. Garry explains that we shouldn’t be afraid of A.I.; rather, we should use it to its fullest potential and keep it away from the hands of bad humans. “The problem is not with the machines. The problem was bad humans that can use these machines to harm us. That’s the story of technology.” – Garry Kasperov Instead, we still blame the machine if someone used it and caused problems. So, we still limit their capabilities, afraid of things we have just fantasized about while ignoring the benefits it could bring. There’s also the argument of machines and A.I. stealing jobs from people. To which Garry comments that we should not despair if it happens. Rather, we should look forward to what we can do next, and adapt to it. Whether to learn the technology to handle the A.I., or develop something that can be used hand-in-hand with the new technology. Rather than fighting with machines, we should learn how it could work to our benefit. Because at the end of the day, machines can decide, but it’s a human’s privilege to choose. If you wish to hear more from Garry Kasperov and Steve Pratt about A.I. and how it can improve our future, download and listen to this episode. Bio Garry Kasparov Garry Kasparov became the under-18 chess champion of the USSR at the age of 12 and the world under-20 champion at 17. He came to international fame at the age of 22 as the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985. He defended his title five times, including a legendary series of matches against arch-rival Anatoly Karpov. Kasparov broke Bobby Fischer’s rating record in 1990 and his own peak rating record remained unbroken until 2013. His famous matches against the IBM super-computer Deep Blue in 1996-97 were key to bringing artificial intelligence, and chess, into the mainstream. Kasparov’s was one of the first prominent Soviets to call for democratic and market reforms and was an early supporter of Boris Yeltsin’s push to break up the Soviet Union. In 1990, he and his family escaped ethnic violence in his native Baku as the USSR collapsed. In 2005, Kasparov, in his 20th year as the world’s top-rated player, retired from professional chess to join the vanguard of the Russian pro-democracy movement. In 2012, Kasparov was named chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, succeeding Vaclav Havel. HRF promotes individual liberty worldwide and organizes the Oslo Freedom Forum. Facing imminent arrest during Putin’s crackdown, Kasparov moved from Moscow to New York City in 2013. The US-based Kasparov Chess Foundation non-profit promotes the teaching of chess in education systems around the world. Its program already in use in schools across the United States, KCF also has centers in Brussels, Johannesburg, Singapore, and Mexico City. Garry and his wife Daria travel frequently to promote the proven benefits of chess in education and have toured Africa extensively. Steve Pratt Stephen is an instigator, agitator, and pioneer in creating world-class technology services organizations. He has spent his career building innovative ways to create value for the world’s most important organizations. Prior to Noodle, he was responsible for all Watson implementations worldwide for IBM Global Business Services. He also was the founder and CEO of Infosys Consulting, a Senior Partner at Deloitte Consulting, and a technology and strategy consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He twice has been selected as one of the top 25 consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and The George Washington University focused on Satellite Communications. For fun, Steve plays competitive tennis, races sailboats, and formerly was a crazed rugby player. He enjoys playing acoustic guitar for his children (not ready for prime time). Links Follow Garry and Steve today! Steve Pratt LinkedIn: in/StephenPratt Website: Noodle.AI Garry Kasparov Twitter: @Kasparov63 Website: Kasparov.com Check out his book: Deep Thinking, Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins More on Kasparov: NYTimes.com: Garry Kasparov – What We Believe About Reality FoxNews.com: Russian Activist Garry Kasparov Blasts NBC Putin Interview We hope you enjoyed this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and subscribe on iTunes!

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21 Jul 2021

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SportED Talks with Garry Kasparov

SportED Talks - with Virgil Stanescu

In this episode I had the great pleasure to talk to the GOAT of chess (Greatest Of All Times). We talked about success and how does it feel to make a dent in the universe. We talked about his voice, and how his stays strong regardless of the pressures. We talked about values, attitude and much more. It is my pleasure to give you this discussion with Garry Kasparov. "It's very important to be consistent. I was consistent with my voice. If you have the message, you have to stay with that message and you can't make compromises on principles" - #GarryKasparov in #SportEDTalks. This podcast is powered by: Mastercard Banca Transilvania

1hr 2mins

15 Jun 2021

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716 - Former World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov: How to be better at Chess!

The James Altucher Show

The world is still crazy over chess! At one point last year, chess was the most view's stream on Twitch, and it even surpassed Fortnite, which once was the most viewed game on Twitch! In this episode, I have, the Former World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov, on to talk everything about chess, and his new platform, kasparovchess.com. I asked him all sorts of questions that I have been pondering myself for the past few months as I was trying to improve my chess rating. Can you be good at chess if you just starting out as an adult, what's the difference between Number One in chess, and Number Two in chess? If you just started, what should you focus on? We also talked about all the features on Kasparovchess, from masterclass to online video lessons, to puzzles, to podcast! Listen and enjoy! My new book Skip The Line is out! Make sure you get a copy wherever you get your new book! Join You Should Run For President 2.0 Facebook Group, and we discuss why should run for president. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter FacebookSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


18 May 2021

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Episode 007: Moves and Movers with Garry Kasparov

The Decision Education Podcast

What can decision-making on the chessboard teach us about decision-making in the game of life? World Chess Champion and human rights activist Garry Kasparov, joins your host, Executive Director of the Alliance for Decision Education, Dr. Joe Sweeney, to discuss Garry’s hunger for chess and analyzing his games, his experience facing fierce competition, the importance of making your decisions in the right environment, and why today’s youth should recover the spirit of exploration, despite potential risks. You’ll also hear about the motto hung above Garry's bed as a teenager: “If not you, who else?" and why “working like a machine” may no longer be a compliment in today’s age of technology.


7 Apr 2021

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Garry Kasparov: On Vladimir Putin, his Global Influence, and Standing up for Freedom

Conversations with Bill Kristol

What are the latest developments in Russia with the Putin regime? How have recent protests surrounding the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny affected it? What is the nature of Putin’s power and why have his tactics so often been effective? To discuss, Bill Kristol is joined again by former world chess champion and human rights activist Garry Kasparov. According to Kasparov, the recent protests have demonstrated deep dissatisfaction in Russia with the Putin regime and the depth of its corruption. However, Kasparov notes that Putin has proven stubbornly effective at maintaining power and may yet weather this and other challenges he faces. In response to Putin’s authoritarianism, Kasparov calls for America and the leaders of the West to develop a coherent strategy for countering Putin’s aggression and for defending the principles of liberty, democracy, and free markets that have been the source of our strength.

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10 Mar 2021

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216: Playboy, prison, and digital ploys - with Garry Kasparov

Smashing Security

World-chess-champion-turned-activist Garry Kasparov returns to the show as we discuss a romance scammer with plenty of time on his hands, the surge in sextortion, and how social media is being swamped with claims of fake snow. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Garry Kasparov. Visit https://www.smashingsecurity.com/216 to check out this episode’s show notes and episode links. Follow the show on Twitter at @SmashinSecurity, or on the Smashing Security subreddit, or visit our website for more episodes. Remember: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app, to catch all of the episodes as they go live. Thanks for listening! Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language. Theme tune: "Vinyl Memories" by Mikael Manvelyan. Assorted sound effects: AudioBlocks.Special Guest: Garry Kasparov.Sponsored By:1Password: 1Password offers seamless syncing across all your computers and mobile devices, so you can store and access unlimited passwords from anywhere at any time. Only you have the keys to decrypt your data and sensitive information – 1Password doesn’t know it, doesn’t share it, and doesn’t sell it. Protect your whole family and get 50% off when you sign up for a 1Password Family account – make your home a 1Password household. For more details visit www.1password.com/switch50Support Smashing SecurityLinks:Dating apps scam committed by criminal from inside prison — BBC News.File on 4 - The Dangers of Dating Apps — BBC Sounds.Playboy Magazine, November 1989 — Including Garry Kasparov's interview and sexy photo shoot.Sextortion email scams — Avast.Has Fake Snow Been Falling on the US? — Snopes.TikTok Users Are Trying (and Failing) to Prove the Snow in Texas Is Fake — Daily Beast.TikTok Users Are Burning Snowballs in Viral Videos to 'Prove' the Snow is Fake — Gizmodo.Griddy: Why a Texas electricity company is under fire for astronomical bills during winter storm — The Independent.Ted Cruz Mariachi Band Performed at a Discount — TMZ.Slow TV Map.The Queen's Gambit — Golden Globes.Soulmates (TV series) — Wikipedia.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)


25 Feb 2021

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Garry Kasparov on chess, risk, and democracy

No Turning Back

Garry Kasparov is one of the world's most well-known and accomplished chess players. But he built on his excellence and notoriety in chess to become a pro-democracy advocate in Russia, and for democracy globally. Through his remarkable career at the heights of the game, Garry proved that hard work is a talent, and that mistakes are great fuel for practice. Beyond chess, Garry discusses his ongoing efforts to promote democracy worldwide, how he thinks about risk-taking, and finding your purpose.


13 Jan 2021

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670 - Garry Kasparov on Chess, AI, and The World! With a special personal introduction by James Altucher

The James Altucher Show

The Queen's Gambit is one of the most watch shows on Netflix right now, and a lot of people have asked me about the show and chess! So I decided to re-release the episode that I recorded several years ago interviewing the former World Chess Champion, Chess Grandmaster, writer, and political activist, Garry Kasparov. On top of the re-release episode, I also told my stories about chess and my passion for it! If you enjoy this episode, you can tweet me @jaltucher and if you're a chess player, tweet me your chess stories! I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook LinkedinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 34mins

9 Dec 2020

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Garry Kasparov on how 'The Queen's Gambit' brilliantly moves chess skills to center stage

PRI: Arts and Entertainment

The Russian grandmaster provided consulting help for the popular Netflix series, explaining how to make the game look more real and add historical context to epic US-Soviet matches.

25 Nov 2020