Elmont, NY– Fifteen years after the remarkable success of chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue, IBM has announced that it will enter its robotic “superhorse,” nicknamed Thick Silver, into this weekend’s Belmont Stakes.
The announcement comes in the wake of Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another’s injury, leg tendonitis that will derail the horse’s chances to make history. Said lead engineer Rae-Li Huang of the robotic-horse department in IBM’s Deep Blue Lab, “Tendonitis? Robots don’t even have tendons!”
While racing fans and manacled aristocrats around the country bemoaned the loss of I’ll Have Another, scientists and engineers at IBM celebrated. IBM spokesperson Boris Lipino told CachedTech reporters that “this is the perfect time to send Thick Silver into the fray. We’ve got a chance here!”
Oddsmakers have pegged Thick Silver as a 95-1 long shot, citing that robotic horses historically tend to have trouble with the Belmont’s long and muddy track. Time will tell how IBM’s latest robotic innovation fares in competition.
The CachedPhoto team has obtained some development photographs from Project Thick Silver. See below:
Before the upper half of Thick Silver was added
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