IBM's Watson and the bigger questions of life

February 19, 2011

It was fascinating to watch the recent Jeopardy! television programs that featured a competition between two former Jeopardy! champions and IBM's computer, Watson.

The human contestants were beaten pretty badly but did OK considering their on-board computers were much smaller than Watson's overall size. In spite of his intelligence, Watson will never experience the many joys of being human. Alas, poor Watson is destined to live a lonely life, except for the companionship of his cooling unit.

We know how and why Watson was created and that his development evolved over time. It would be interesting to hear his response if asked the question: What is the origin of Mankind? Creation or evolution?

James LaCalle, Abingdon

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