I’ll Take “Cybernetic Overlords” For $800 Please…

I think we all knew that the enslavement and subsequent destruction of humankind at the hands of a robotic master race would, on some level, involve Alex Trebek:

I.B.M. … is in the final stages of completing a computer program to compete against human “Jeopardy!” contestants. If the program beats the humans, the field of artificial intelligence will have made a leap forward …[New York Times]

In addition, IBM researchers and “Jeopardy!” producers are toying with the idea of creating a computer-generated avatar that would “stand next to” the human contestants and creepily announce its answers in the form of a question via Stephen Hawking-voice.

Imagine: a digitized Sean Connery finally getting an answer right for once!!! Though the cost may be our eventual extinction, at least we can have it TiVo’d. For the survivors.


  1. jrae
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    thanks for an early morning laugh.

  2. jrae
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the early morning laugh