IBM Watson for President?

Reading the most recent comments by Billy and LogicFish, I got to thinking about the impact artificial intelligence might have on society, and wondering whether it could revolutionize the way we are governed.

I suppose most people – if they think about it at all – think of AI as some aspect of IBM Watson, an all-knowing sage with a benign attitude, or as grown-up versions of our Bob, which buzzes along the floor picking up cat fur.

Of course we deal with AI almost daily as we try to get past the telephone answering machines that guard today’s corporations. And if the machines I deal with are “intelligent,” I wonder what “stupid” machines must be like.

I wouldn’t trust one of them to make my lemonade.  Would you?

But when I read about 3D printing and the like, i feel as if I’m peeking through a mystic window into some kind of magic kingdom beyond my scant ability to imagine or conceive.

It’s all too intricate and complex for me to sort out. I was born before television, before “wonder drugs,” before laptops and smart phones, before IBM and Microsoft;-  even before military radar.  So you can imagine how bemused I am by machines that “learn” by reprogramming themselves as they get used.

And I suspect that even those of you who are a lot younger and smarter than I  must be scratching your heads in wonder – and perhaps dismay – as you ponder our electronic future.

Could “intelligent” machines become malevolent? Could they become uncontrollable? Could they learn to lust after power like their human programmers?

Or could they develop into manifestations of our better angels, all-knowing, completely benign, ensuring not only our economic security, our health and  our safety, but also  liberty and justice for all?

And, in that case, might Americans one day elect some evolution of Watson as president?

I wonder whether that would be good or bad. But I bet it would be better than what we have now.

5 thoughts on “IBM Watson for President?

  1. McDonalds is doing this as a test run. I think they should have robots do coal mining because when humans do it , your body gets deteriorated.

  2. You do not want watson for president, George. There is a theory that nazi Germany was just the dry run….those who created nazism mean to do the same to the entire world. It is a part of the big picture. What most people do not know is that watson and ibm were working with the nazi and that is why they were so damn efficient. It is recorded with empirical evidence in a book titled ibm and the holocaust by Dr. Edwin black…take a look. Recently, ginni Rome tty, IBM’S ceo said that we no longer have to program machines. They now look at the data, figure out the reasoning and learn . Is ginni Rome tty a real name? Maybe, like rothschild it is an adopted name……appropriate though. Janice your suggestion of artificial Intel in mines is brilliant, but I am willing to bet they will not stop at that. In fact, ginni has already mentioned medicine and military. O well, check out the big picture. ..go down the rabbit hole. Logic fish seems to have done that. George, I still have in mind to give some info on free speech/freedom of the press and media acquisition but am on a research jaunt. More mess? Absolutely. But good will win. Read the back of the book. Byè ‘y” all.

  3. I too am familiar with Edwin Black.

    “Only after Jews were identified — a massive and complex task that Hitler wanted done immediately — could they be targeted for efficient asset confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, enslaved labor, and, ultimately, annihilation. It was a cross-tabulation and organizational challenge so monumental, it called for a computer. Of course, in the 1930s no computer existed.

    But IBM’s Hollerith punch card technology did exist. Aided by the company’s custom-designed and constantly updated Hollerith systems, Hitler was able to automate his persecution of the Jews. Historians have always been amazed at the speed and accuracy with which the Nazis were able to identify and locate European Jewry. Until now, the pieces of this puzzle have never been fully assembled. The fact is, IBM technology was used to organize nearly everything in Germany and then Nazi Europe, from the identification of the Jews in censuses, registrations, and ancestral tracing programs to the running of railroads and organizing of concentration camp slave labor.

    IBM and its German subsidiary custom-designed complex solutions, one by one, anticipating the Reich’s needs. They did not merely sell the machines and walk away. Instead, IBM leased these machines for high fees and became the sole source of the billions of punch cards Hitler needed.

    IBM and the Holocaust takes you through the carefully crafted corporate collusion with the Third Reich, as well as the structured deniability of oral agreements, undated letters, and the Geneva intermediaries — all undertaken as the newspapers blazed with accounts of persecution and destruction.

    Just as compelling is the human drama of one of our century’s greatest minds, IBM founder Thomas Watson, who cooperated with the Nazis for the sake of profit.

    Only with IBM’s technologic assistance was Hitler able to achieve the staggering numbers of the Holocaust. Edwin Black has now uncovered one of the last great mysteries of Germany’s war against the Jews — how did Hitler get the names?”

    I’ve also met some of the Holocaust survivors in person, and seen their faded number tatoos, which were apparently used with the Hollerith machines. I remember one that kept exclaiming that there is no God! He was ten years old when he witnessed the futile bravery of Polish lancers as they attacked columns of panzers from horseback.

    It is indeed a privelege to meet such witnesses in person. As the Holocaust passes from living memory, voices of denial will grow more numerous and louder. Who can fathom a barbarity of such massive scale and the hatred that must have inspired it, without a grasp of how intensely Abraham’s people are hated. And, with enough denial, it might be easier to perpetrate round 2.

    It wouldn’t be difficult to imagine those Hollerith numbers as beta versions of the Mark of the Beast. They might not need to herd everyone into concentration camps. They might be able to simply build the camp around us.

    “16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

    17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

  4. An erratum: My last comment might be taken that the witness personally beheld Polish lancers in battle, possibly being on or near a battlefield to do so. The witness said that he was ten years old when the NAZIs invaded Poland, and he described the brave Polish lancers; but I didn’t verify that his battlefield descriptions were observed personally by him.

  5. Thanks,logicfish. Actually, the mark of the beast might well be in tattoo form –very economical for millions and permanent. Not a chip beneath the skin as some have said. However, it is not just “the number of the man” but “the mark of his name” therefore, the number 666 and the mark of his name will be the same. Besides, jesus said:” I come in my father’s name and you do not receive me, but another will come in his own name and him you will receive” so, the number and the mark of his name will be his own name….that is 3 considerations. Referring to edwin Black’s book–there is another book titled “the six-pointed star: it’s origin and usage” –that is like black’ monograph– historical and well-referenced that throws a light on the real possibilities. Take a look,logic fish–tell me what you think. Best to you.

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