The most anticipated Jeopardy! match ever is already over, with Watson, the IBM supercomputer, vastly dominating the two best human players this game show has ever seen. How superior was Watson over his human counterparts? Well, let's just say that the two-day combined results of second place winner Ken Jennings ($24,000) couldn't hold a candle on Watson's worst day alone ($32,734 on the first of the two-day event; $77,147 total).
The whole event and its outcome has prompted an array of historical and cultural references among the internet and media community, most of them alluding to the 'human-vs-machine' aspect of the event. And while it's not hard to look at it and notice a resemblance to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Terminator series, and even the folkloric battle between John Henry and the steam-powered hammer, my mind instead wanders more curiously into the behavorial intricacies of Watson. How would Watson be like if he/it was human? What professional career would he like to pursue? Would he be fat or in shape? Would he be into chicks? Would chicks dig him? The more I watched this machine compete against humans, the more it becomes a question of 'who does this machine remind me of', rather than 'what it does remind me of'.
I agree. I mean, we don't necessarily have to dub Watson as a human with robot-like personality just because we are deriving the hypothetical scenario from a computer who talks like a robot. If he were to be human, we can all agree that he would have some trouble establishing relationships with other people, but it would be due to it's inability to empathize with less privileged minds. The fact that this imaginary human we are talking about is inspired from a talking computer, is irrelevant for the purposes of personality discussion.
As to wether Watson would be an older man, I never thought of it, but I guess Miguel could be right. After all, the real-life Watson computer is extremely cautious when playing Jeopardy!, and caution is a rare trait among younger people because of it's direct correlation with the amount of experiences lived.
From there on, our conversation dug deeper into our imaginations. I never found out if he was a ladies' man, but I learned that Miguel's version of a human Watson is a skilled mimic and a perennial Man-Child eager to impress and please, always searching for paternalistic approval. But, still, he will always be lonely.
Personally, the more I think about it, the more I think he would be the cocky overachieving prick that would make you hate yourself because you kind of like the kid. If he would be in Star Trek, he would be the young version of Spock. He would probably be a big-time lawyer, or the next President. And what would be his first mandate? To make Toronto a U.S. city, of course.
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