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by Hannah Leitheiser

Spock Plays Chess

#platocomputer #cerl #chess #leonardnimoy #startrek

The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture

Brian Dear

2017

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2019-09-08

"While Nimoy was seated down at the terminal, one of the things they showed him was the chess terminal. No ordinary chess terminal this, a marvel at the time...with a fully graphical display...connected to a remote server running Chess 4.2, a then-renound chess program. This was no toy; this was the real thing."

"We logged him in and he said, 'Oh, I don't know how to play chess. Everybody thinks I know how to play chess, but I don't know how to play.'" - Brian Dear, The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture (2017)