IBM’s supercomputer Watson has trounced its two competitors in a televised show pitting human brains against computer bytes.
After a three night marathon on the quiz show Jeopardy, Watson emerged victorious to win a $1million (Â£622,000) prize.
The really worrying thing here is that Jeopardy usually uses a “returning champion” format where the winner comes back the next day to play again. That computer could conceivably play indefinitely, winning thousands of dollars every day. After a few years, it would own most of the world’s wealth. And then you have all sorts of problems – can a computer open a bank account, for example?
I, for one welcome this development, and plan to enjoy the few years I have left before the inevitable day when robots overthrow human civilisation.