Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I'll take computers in movies for $1000, Alex

What if Watson the computer and Hal 9000 competed against each other on Jeopardy?

I'll take computers in movies for $1000, Alex

Proteus IV gets jiggy with Julie Christie in Demon Seed.
Proteus IV gets jiggy with Julie Christie in Demon Seed.

As Jeopardy-heads know, it's "Man versus Machine" time on America's favorite game show. But what if it were Machine versus Machine: What if Watson the computer competed against Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Imagine the possibilities if movie computers could be Jeopardy contestants. Would that smartypants Master Control Program from Tron (1982) -- who brags how much smarter he is than his programmers -- try to replace Alex Trebek as Jeopardy host?

Would the sexually frustrated Proteus IV from Demon Seed (1977) try some funny business on another machine?

Would Bomb from Dark Star (1974) just drop an explosive on Watson -- or try to teach it phenomenology?

And WWMD? What would The Matrix do?

Suggest your machine vs. movie machine matchup here.

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