We stand at the brink of humanity’s descent into irrelevance: The Watson Challenge begins tonight and runs through till Wednesday. Watson, in case you didn’t know, is IBM’s evil new supercomputer, programmed to win at America’s greatest game show (Jeopardy of course) and pound human biological intelligence into the dust. Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, two of Jeopardy’s greatest champions will square off in a mental deathmatch with this silicon monster. No doubt Watson will wipe the floor with these two puny examples of organic life, prefiguring its eventual evolution into some sort of omniscient Skynet Overmind that controls every aspect of our increasingly electronic, interconnected lives.
Of course, I will be away from a TV tonight when Jeopardy airs and I forgot to set up the DVR to record it. Ooops. This is why the computers will win.