John Murray Publishers has acquired Garry Kasparov’s Deep Thinking, a book about artificial intelligence in which the former chess world champion gives his first public account of his landmark 1997 match with the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue 20 years on. It will be published at the end of May.
Georgina Laycock at John Murray Publishers bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins from Caspian Dennis on behalf of Chris Parris-Lamb at The Gernert Company.
2017 is the 20th anniversary of Kasparov’s match against Deep Blue, bringing Kasparov to the UK for a series of high profile events, including a headline event at Hay Festival with Stephen Fry.
The book, described by Laycock as "two fascinating books in one", explains why Kasparov is convinced artificial intelligence is essential for human progress, while also illuminating on the "legendary" chess match 20 years on.
Laycock said: "In Deep Thinking you get two fascinating books in one. Not just Garry Kasparov discussing for the first time what actually happened in that legendary match but also his clever and surprising take on Artificial Intelligence which explains why the one expert we might have expected to be pessimistic, now sees our relationship with computers as humanity’s best hope. This is essential reading for anyone interested in our future."
Kasparov, an outspoken critic of Putin, published Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped in October 2015 with Atlantic.