The Last Question -Isaac Asimov

Fann þessa áhugaverðu vísinda smá-skáldsögu um helgina. Mæli með að lesa hana þó hún sé töluvert lengri en flest annað hér inni. Ekki skrolla niður til að sjá endan, annars ertu auli.

The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five-dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way:

Alexander Adell and Bertram Lupov were two of the faithful attendants of Multivac. As well as any human beings could, they knew what lay behind the cold, clicking, flashing face — miles and miles of face — of that giant computer. They had at least a vague notion of the general plan of relays and circuits that had long since grown past the point where any single human could possibly have a firm grasp of the whole.

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”Today’s “smart” machines can play chess, backgammon and act as personal assistants, like Siri on Apple’s iPhone, but Eliasmith says the processes they use have little in common with the brain.”

“A robot that is able to navigate through a city and deliver a package from one place to another,” he says. “I think that kind of thing will be within reach in the next 10 years.”