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.

2 Comments

  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

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