For over 50 years Standford University's scientists have been working hard to develop an Artificial Intelligence to both match and augment the human mind. This week it was announced that Standford's prime AI candidate (a computer system aptly called "Watson") will go head to head with its human counterpart in a game of Jeopardy. The New York Times notes that if Watson will be able to effectively understand the key ingredient of human language, all the philosophical questions of our favorite sci-fi stories, novels, and television shows will begin to play a dominant role in today's scientific world. The article can be find in the above link, and similar discussions and articles can be found here
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