Wednesday, February 16, 2011

'Jeopardy' will lead to our downfall

Everyone's making a big deal about the man vs. machine episodes of "Jeopardy" this week. To no one's surprise the IBM computer Watson is beating the pants off of former champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

However, let's talk about the real issues at stake here. This friendly "Jeopardy" computer is really a precursor to Skynet or "Battlestar Galactica."

Both "Terminator" and "BSG" began with stories about how the first versions of their deadly robots were harmless game computers.

In "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles" the Skynet computer started out as a chess playing computer and "Caprica" showed how Cylon technology evolved from virtual reality systems.

So, while it's all fun and games now, just wait a few years and we'll be living that unhappy future from "Terminator: Salvation" and it will be all Alex Trebek's fault.

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