What can’t computers do?

Machine thinking is in our homes, offices, schools and hospitals. Computer algorithms are helping us drive our cars. They’re diagnosing what’s wrong with us in hospitals. They’re marking student essays. Neil and Tim talk about artificial intelligence and teach you six items of vocabulary.

This week’s question:

What was the name of the computer which famously beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov using algorithms in 1997? Was it…

a) Hal,

b) Alpha 60 or

c) Deep Blue?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


artificial intelligence or AI
the ability of machines to copy human intelligent behaviour.

an algorithm
a set of steps a computer follows in order to solve a problem

a limit on what it can do or how good it can be

take something for granted
when we don’t realise how important something is

to implement
to perform a task, or take action

cutting edge
new and advanced

October 7, 2017

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