June 23, 2010 AT 2:01 pm

Monster Chess

from PopSci:

Ever since we taught them how to play, the machines have been trying to beat us at chess — and succeeding. But where it took a closet-sized computer running a complicated computer program to beat Garry Kasparov and claim chess dominance for the machines, child’s toys are now aligning to make you wish you hadn’t ever moved your queen’s bishop. “Monster Chess” was built from 100,000 Lego pieces and plays an autonomous game of chess on a 156-square-foot board, with each massive robotic piece gliding around the board autonomously.

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