The Future Will See You Now
In order to pass the Turing Test, a computer must display both emotional and intellectual behavior that’s almost indistinguishable from that of humans. IBM’s most famous supercomputer, Watson, is close, but first he must emulate one of humanity’s finer inventions: crazy Internet slang. YOLO!
Okay, folks: this is not a drill. The Singularity is set to hit the silver screen, with Batman director Christopher Nolan signed on to executive produce.
The Wrap reports that in the film, titled Transcendence and based on a story by Jack Paglen, Johnny Depp “will play a scientist whose brain is uploaded into a supercomputer” while trying to create the first ever sentient computer. Nanotechnology and the Singularity are also said to play pivotal roles in the film, which explains the nerd boner you are currently sporting.
WATCH THE COMPUTER THRONE
What, you’ve never heard of CRAY, INC? They make supercomputers. You know what a supercomputer is, right? It’s like if Jay-Z and Kanye West were computers and came together to make an album (or: one big computer) with guest appearances by people like Beyonce (or: the foremost computer scientists in the world) on it. And the supercomputer makers of CRAY Inc are seeing their stock rise by more than 10 percent in a single day. You know what that is? CRAY. So: Why’s it happening?