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Monday, March 14, 2011

A Synopsis of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening" (2008)

The Gist of "The Happening"
Angry foliage rebels against humanity to repay us for our wanton disregard of plantkind. Magical tree-gas forces masses of New Yorkers to commit suicide, prompting Zooey Deschanel and Marky Mark to flee for their lives. While shrubs and saplings get medieval on the asses of unsuspecting east-coasters, the highly-forgettable main characters hide in an old Pennsylvania farmhouse until the plants have killed off just enough humans to make rush hour on I-95 bearable for a while. In the end, the pissed-off vegetation turns its sights toward the French, but no one cares because the Americans are safe.

Friday, February 18, 2011


So this week on Jeopardy! IBM's supercomputer, Watson, destroyed the two winningest players in the history of the game show, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. (He didn't destroy them literally. I mean he won the game by a sizeable margin. We're still a couple years away from computers and robots destroying us literally.)

It's been years since a similar supercomputer showdown happened between Garry Kasparov and Deep Blue. The world chess champion was defeated by a computer.

But we all know that recognizing the billions of variations of words and human speech, lingo, nicknames, and subtext is far more difficult for an intelligence that deals in nothing but oodles of "1's" and "0's" than recognizing the combinations of moves on a chess board, despite the fact that there are millions of possible scenarios and outcomes.

Since I've discovered that not very many people have ever looked at this blog, I'm not going to delve too deeply into my philosophies about artificial intelligence. Instead, I shall post a link to this article.

Here's some food for thought: the modern laptop has way more processing power and memory than those gigantic room-sized computers just a few decades back. Imagine that in another few decades, computers with the capacity of Watson will be inside our iPads, phones, laptops, cars, appliances, and whatever else they can manage to stick a computer into.

If you consider that, and the fact that moving, walking robots are improving with every passing year, an android like "Data" from Star Trek: TNG might not be that far fetched after all...

photo courtesy of wcizmowski/morgueFile

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Look at Future Boy! What a weirdo...

Check me out on twitter!
Future Boy
Twitter died off long ago where I'm from, and I always thought it would be fun if I could go back in time and tell people about what's in store for the planet.
Just look at some of my bizarre tweets featuring little tidbits of knowledge from the future!
"In the future, everyone will write love letters to their food. Not due to a fetish. Just cuz they'll be that lonely."
"In the future, after all the hot sauce is gone, people will just stab their tongues with needles when they eat."
"In the future, everybody's diet will be completely organic. Bugs count as organic, right?"
"In the future, fish will have nearly lethal levels of mercury in them, but people will be too crazy to care."
"I was going to tell you guys about the army of robots that rebels against mankind in the future, but I think you guys already see that coming."
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