Sunday, February 6, 2011

Richard Powers on A.I.

The brilliant novelist Richard Powers has a column in today's New York Times ostensibly about the upcoming Jeopardy challenge, in which IBM's "Watson" computer will compete against humans. As Powers points out, the outcome of that challenge is not nearly as important as some of the deeper issues it poses about the nature of artificial intelligence and the nature of human beings.

As with everything Powers writes, it is required reading. For those who have not yet read any of Powers' novels,   just pick one and start reading!

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