Watson, the supercomputer which IBM has been programming to compete in Jeopardy, goes up against the two biggest winners in Jeopardy history, tonight: Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Watch this video of pre-game interviews.
Colorful piles of it are strewn about.
This whole thing is made possible by the digitization of the modern age. Check out the infographic from The Washington Post to the right over there. As humanity becomes increasingly reliant on technology and digital storage, we become more attuned with the technology we use. You can probably recall the last 5 texts you’ve gotten on your phone, right?
One guy has a theory that by 2045 man will “become immortal.” Ray Kurzweil, back in 1965, designed a computer which composed a piece of music, and because of it got on the gameshow “I’ve Got A Secret.” Watch the clip on Youtube.
Remember that this was in 1965. Your PC is probably more powerful than the fastest supercomputers of 1965. His point in doing this was that artistic creation is supposed to be a human thing, but he had a computer do it for him. And with relatively primitive technology.
With the power of our technology today, Kurzweil believes that we’re approaching a point in time where computers are more powerful than human minds (right now it’s estimated that all the processing power in the world is about the power of one human brain). When we reach that time, it will be the end of the human age, as it were. That’s not to say we’ll have a Matrix-like end-of-humanity, and a robot uprising, but that we’ll no longer be in complete control; we won’t have to be.
And maybe we’ll start transferring our brains over to computers. And maybe our entire species will transfer over. And maybe we’ll become computers. Or maybe this will happen (Youtube).
We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. For now, watch Jeopardy tonight to see what happens. My money is on Watson.