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Avast Security Ambassador Garry Kasparov to Speak at DEF CON

Kasparov to discuss embracing the rise of intelligent machines and how humans and machines can get the most out of each other

Kasparov to discuss embracing the rise of intelligent machines and how humans and machines can get the most out of each other

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 13, 2017 – Garry Kasparov, Avast security ambassador and former world chess champion, will discuss why humanity doesn’t need to fear the rise of intelligent machines and should even embrace it at DEF CON 2017 in Las Vegas. Kasparov will highlight how increasingly intelligent machines can complement and change how we act and think, as well as the unchanging need for human ingenuity in fields like digital security. Rather than cutting humans out of the picture, Kasparov envisions a better path where humans and machines get the best from each other through better interfaces and processes.

Kasparov has been fascinated with interactions between man and machine ever since his historic chess matches against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in 1996 and 1997. He sees the collaboration between humans and intelligent machines at work in Avast’s powerful threat detection network, and security as an increasingly critical intersection of human rights and technology.

  • What: Presentation and discussion — The Brain’s Last Stand
  • When: Friday, July 28, 2017, 10 - 10:45 a.m. PDT
  • Where: Track 3 at DEF CON 2017, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
  • Who: Garry Kasparov, Avast Security Ambassador

Kasparov’s latest book is Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins. It recounts Kasparov’s famous matches against Deep Blue and presents his optimistic analysis of human-machine collaboration. In prominent reviews, Deep Thinking has been praised by DeepMind guru Demis Hassabis as well as by tech critic Nicholas Carr.


Kasparov will be available for media interviews on both AI and man/machine integration at DEF CON, along with Avast Threat Intelligence Director Michal Salat. Together they will discuss how the interaction of man and machine can be implemented in digital security, how threats can be fought with AI technology and machine learning, and where security requires human intelligence.

If you are interested in an interview with Garry Kasparov and/or Michal Salat, please contact

ABOUT Garry Kasparov:

Garry Kasparov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in the Soviet Union in 1963. He became the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985 and was the world’s top-rated player for 20 years, until he retired in 2005. His matches against arch-rival Anatoly Karpov and the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue popularized chess and machine intelligence in unprecedented ways. Kasparov became a pro-democracy leader in Russia and an outspoken defender of individual freedom around the world, a mission he continues as the chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation. He is a visiting fellow at the Oxford-Martin School, where his lectures focus on human-machine collaboration. Kasparov is a provocative speaker who appears frequently before business, academic and political audiences to speak about decision-making, strategy, technology and artificial intelligence.