from the Do-you-know-me? dept.
Three years after its widely-publicized chess match with Grand Master Garry Kasparov, IBM's Deep Blue computer system outranks many human celebrities in a poll of the public's familiarity with both human and machine personalities. A short article from the Associated Press on the Washington Post web site describes the study, which was conducted by Marketing Evaluation/TvQ, Inc.
According to the article, even though Deep Blue's big public splash was in 1997, about 50 percent of those polled recognized Deep Blue's name — putting it on par with actress and "Baywatch babe" Carmen Electra, and slightly above CNN talk show host Larry King.