The idea behind Democratic Chess is that the pieces, in collaboration with the players, decide where to move. Each piece communicates with the others through built-in cameras, microphones, and speakers.
Democratic Chess is Chess game where each figure is made of an IP-WLan-network camera each capable of looking arround, listening and talking to the other figures as well as the 2 real person players. With this technology there are many different ways how to play the Game, the next move can be decided in a democratic way among the Figures or they are allowed to discuss with the players and each other the next moves, but at the End the 2 player make the moves.
The game is being designed by Marco Marcovici and seems needlessly futuristic and a bit too Skynet for my liking.
One of the joys of chess, and any game of strategy for that matter, is matching wits with another human. It is proving yourself in a field of mental combat with a clear victor. I wouldn’t want to pin a loss on some mechanized game piece I didn’t listen to. [via Buzzfeed]