Friday, February 18, 2011
Just What Do You Think You're Doing Dave... Dave? Stop Will You?
One of my absolute favorite scenes in any film is the one in "2001: A Space Odyssey", where Dave unplugs the spaceship's on board computer, HAL, who has lately turned into a nasty boy and threatens to take over.
It epitomizes the quintessential battle between Man and Machine. When Dave begins unplug HAL, he simply does not want to die! We all cheer ol' Dave, "Do it Dave! Sock it to em', Dave! Kill the sucker!"
It was a popular theme explored on Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone", and a favorite of Sci-Fi writers and films of the 50's. Don't mess with Mother Nature. If God would have wanted us to think more, He would have implanted CHIPS in our brains!
Well, it has come to pass, brothers and sisters. I read recently that an IBM computer has just defeated TWO of "Jeopardy(s)!" most successful human players!! Yes, you heard me right, two, count em' two humans defeated by a computer! Shameful, disgraceful, embarrassing, humiliating. Downright scary, if you ask me.
Perhaps, my friends, it is time to unplug this machine, too?