Saturday, January 15, 2011

Check out this report about the IBM computer, Watson, in its battle with former Jeopardy! champions. One item jumped out at me:
He compared Watson to the computer on Star Trek, which serves as a reliable resource for the crew. There are no worries about a villainous computer takeover such as that attempted by the maniacal HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

"That's science fiction," said Ferrucci, after a reporter asked about the HAL parallel. "We're not even close to that."
Okay so Watson is like the computer from Star Trek, but not like the computer from 2001 because THAT computer is "science fiction." I got it.


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