Before I get to my question couple things to get out of the way:
- This question is a sensitive subject. But I assure you that I'm not a troll, I have deep respect for your community. It is my first question here, so please be gentle.
- I am a beginner chess player with mere 50 games that I've played total in my whole life.
- By asking this question I'm trying to uncover answer to the question: "What do we do as humanity when AI proves to be superior in all ways 100 years from now? - not just chess". I'm asking here specifically because I'm assuming "you've been there, done that"
With that out of the way: What motivates you to keep playing chess? I notice that lot of players here are very focused on ranking, too, so it's not purely social there is some need to be better (or even perhaps to be "the best"). But what can you do when you've worked hard for your ranking but you know that a couple silicon chips have a ranking superior to yours? And that you will never catch up (the gap between chess abilities in AI and humans will just widen). Is it something that just never bothered you in the first place? How come? If it did bother you but it doesn't any longer, how did you get through that slump?
Or am I making the wrong assumption? Are you into chess in some ways AI is INFERIOR to the human mind and you are fascinated by the ways that human mind still remains superior to AI regardless of the historic AI-human match outcomes? Or perhaps you even want to prove this somehow?
Or are we talking about a situation much like horse racing? Yes, horse races still make billions of dollars around the world, even though SR71 could beat any horse with it's Mach 6 performance? Is it just a question of the pure feeling that's unique experience of playing and watching human chess? Same as a horse race can never be replicated with robot horses, neither can chess?
What aspects of chess as a game allow the human chess-playing community to persist despite the existence of chess computers?