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Old November 18 2013, 05:01 PM   #14
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Re: Is Watson the most advanced super computer in existence?

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HAL is more advanced, in AI terms, because it is sentient and has a desire to preserve itself. Watson doesn't even have the sentience of a cockroach. If you went to unplug it, it would do... well, nothing.
Doesn't the film 2010 attempt to clean the self preservation issue up by Dr. Chandra essentially explaining away HAL's behavior as a 'h-mobious loop,' whereby the computer became 'paranoid' because it was programmed to keep a secret which caused the glitch?
The Hofstadter-Moebius loop is fiction, yo. A real computer doesn't become "paranoid." One of two things will happen in a computer with conflicting objectives: one of them will take precedence by design or accident, or the system will be stuck in an infinite loop, powerless to act. (The latter would probably lead to a system failure and require a reset.)
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