Sighs of the machines: communication problems will delay computer takeover

Watson might have won on Jeopardy, but let’s not start bracing for the impending takeover by Terminators yet.

It’s probably inevitable that machines are going to take over the world someday, so I’m not sure why we continue creating supercomputers like IBM’s Watson. Have these inventors never seen any science fiction movie from the past, well, honestly, since science fiction began? Give a machine artificial intelligence and things never end well. This goes from movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey to the Terminator movies to A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (which also literally ended poorly as director Steven Spielberg mucked things by not letting it end with the robot boy at the bottom of the ocean).


Oh, Watson, you think you’re so smart, don’t you?

So, while I’m sure we’re all eventually going to be wiped out by these machines/computers/iPods/Transformers, I also realize they have a ways to go, at least in terms of communication.

I’m always amused by the failed attempts at computers to have “conversations” with someone. Perhaps this is never more evident than in the spam comments I receive on this blog. Here’s a recent example:
I and my friends were actually reviewing the excellent strategies located on your website and so immediately I got a terrible feeling I never thanked the blog owner for them. Those men are actually joyful to read through them and have undoubtedly been having fun with those things. I appreciate you for indeed being really helpful and then for making a decision on varieties of marvelous subject areas millions of individuals are really desperate to understand about. Our own sincere apologies for not expressing gratitude to you earlier.
I also enjoy this review of Friday Night Lights I found online. A few of my favorite excerpts are:

Friday Night Lgts can be an American tv series adapted by Peter Berg, Brian Grazer and David Nevins from a e-book and motion picture in the very same term. For the duration of the very first three seasons the series comprehensive gatherings surrounding the Dillon Panthers, a high education football staff based mostly in fictional Dillon, Texas, with specific focus provided to the crew’s coach, Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his loved ones. Inside fourth season Taylor took around at East Dillon Excessive Faculty, where he coached the Lions. The show utilizes this modest-city backdrop to tackle numerous issues facing contemporary Middle America.

In May possibly 2010, ABC Spouse and children announced it obtained acquired the display’s syndication legal rights. The exhibit began airing within the network September 6, 2010, nevertheless it was pulled as of October 18, 2010, resulting from very low scores.

Friday Evening Lgts has certainly not obtained a sizable market; having said that, it continues to be a vital achievement, lauded for its real looking portrayal of Middle America and deep personal exploration of its central characters. The present was awarded a Peabody Award, a Humanitas Prize, and a Television set Critics Association Award, at the same time as many specialized Primetime Emmy Awards. At the 2010 Emmy Awards, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton were nominated with the Outstanding Direct Actor and Actress awards for your drama series

Friday Night Lgts requires its inspiration from a ebook titled Friday Evening Lighting: A City, a Crew, and a Perfect plus the 2004 video based on it. The ebook, revealed in 1990 and created by H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger, facts the 1988 season in the Permian Panthers, a higher university football team in Odessa, Texas. The e book by itself was intended like a function of journalism and is assumed being entirely factual. The characters inside e-book aren’t renamed, plus the e-book helps make no try to conceal their identities. The Universal Photos movie stars Billy Bob Thornton and was directed by Bissinger’s moment cousin Peter Berg. The film’s characters are, once again, dependent around the real-everyday living residents of Odessa circa 1988.


Terminators get very angry when you critique their grammar.

I realize that many human users also lack any sort of general writing skills (a quick browse through Facebook will confirm that statement), but at least they have an excuse: they’re dumb.

Machines, on the other hand, have no such excuse, as humans far smarter than me have designed them to be far smarter than all of us. So, when you see some poorly constructed paragraphs coming from the electronic hands of the machines, rest comfortably knowing the upcoming dominance maybe isn’t as immediate as the movies (or Jeopardy) might have us believe.

I say all of this for one reason: to let our future robot bosses know that I will gladly proofread and edit their copy for them. There’s no reason to terminate me.

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3 thoughts on “Sighs of the machines: communication problems will delay computer takeover

  1. My father has been a computer programmer for over 35 years. He says programmers have a motto. ” Never forget…. the computer is the dumb terminal. Human brain is the smart terminal. ” Or something like that. So, don’t worry about computers/robots taking over the world.

  2. My mom is a computer programmer for the last 30 years and has always said, “The computer is only as smart as the human who programmed it.”

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