I, For One, Welcome Our Computer Overlords

Posted: February 20, 2011 by jerkmag in SURF -- tech
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In case you missed it (don’t worry, I did too), a game of Jeopardy was won by an IBM computer named ‘Watson’. While at first thought, to those of us who grew up with the internet and rely on Google for anything and everything we don’t know, this may sound trivial. It’s really not.  Watson was able to outwit the man who has won the most Jeopardy games in a row, by a landslide. The best part, Watson was being asked questions in the same manner that he was: aurally.

You know what this means? “Star Trek” is one step closer to being real (Which, I, for one, am ridiculously excited for). Evidentially, one of the creators of Watson, David Ferucci, attempted to create Watson in the image of the computer in “Star Trek.”

For, now we can only get excited, but one day, we’ll be able to awkwardly look up and call out orders to the starship’s computer. Let’s just make sure we complete Watson with Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, or we’re going to end up with a Cylon situation on our hands.

(Do you think I could fit more geeky references in this post?)

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/science/17jeopardy-watson.html?_r=1&ref=technology

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