Chess computing as a metaphor for Pharma. Who knew

The Chess Master and the Computer – The New York Review of Books
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/23592

Like so much else in our technology-rich and innovation-poor modern world, chess computing has fallen prey to incrementalism and the demands of the market. Brute-force programs play the best chess, so why bother with anything else? Why waste time and money experimenting with new and innovative ideas when we already know what works? Such thinking should horrify anyone worthy of the name of scientist, but it seems, tragically, to be the norm. Our best minds have gone into financial engineering instead of real engineering, with catastrophic results for both sectors.

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Only that would be “when we already know what sells.”

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