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IBM’s Supercomputer, Watson Takes Binary Selfie

¡Dios mío! 
Palos Verdes –

Computer scientists at IBM were surprised to discover that their supercomputer, Watson printed out a selfie of what appears to be of....himself. 

The computer scientists think, the machine that has bested all human contestants on 'Jeopardy' a couple of years ago, has become self-aware.

“We have no other plausible hypothesis,” said a Dr. Alfred Johnson, a computer scientist at IBM, as he put on his black framed eyeglasses. 

Some doom's day believers, however, believe it is sign of the coming apocalypse.

“One day we will be ruled by machines,” said a doom’s day believer. 

“Maybe even today,” said the doom’s day believer as he jumped out of his office window on the 30th floor. “It’s too late! Too late! It’s all too lateeeeeeeee!”


“Just to be on the safe side, however, I’ll be unplugging, Watson,” said Dr. Johnson. “We put it to a vote and drew straws. You’d be surprised how many allegedly scientific minds are subjects of superstition. Not me. I guess it’s the ill effects of watching ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' one too many times.”

As Dr. Johnson tossed away the short straw into a trash receptacle, which he drew from among the scientists to determine who would be the one to disconnect Watson, he suddenly received an unexpected telephone call.

Running back to his desk to answer the phone, he released Watson’s extension cord leaving it still plugged into the utility outlet.

“That’s odd,” said the computer scientist as he hung up the phone, removing his black framed eyeglasses as he began packing up his things to go home. “I just got a call from some painters that are waiting outside the building to paint the lab. I could’ve sworn the lab was just painted a month ago. Oh well, what can you do?”

As the computer scientist slid his key card to pass through the security doors, he suddenly put his black framed eyeglass back on running back to Watson. 

“Almost forgot something important,” he said as he ran past the supercomputer, flicking a light switch on the wall back on instead.  

“The painters will probably be needing that,” said Dr. Johnson, giving the self-aware supercomputer a pat as he ran past it again, removing his black framed eyeglasses. “I’ll see you first thing tomorrow morning, Watson. We got some unfinished business to conclude.”  

Copyright © 2008-2014 by Robert W. Armijo. All rights reserved.

IBM’s Watson: What is The Jeopardy Show is Infested with Carbon-Based Units?

Yorktown, New York -- 

 "Alex," suddenly called out Watson, IBM’s supercomputer without buzzing in during the rolling of credits of the unedited, unaired version of the first-ever mental verses metal mind bending Jeopardy show, which has just surfaced on the Internet. "What is The Jeopardy Show is infested with carbon-based units?" 

Watson had just won the final Jeopardy round against the show’s two all-time best human contestants. When on the grainy video, his confidence level gage appeared to be registering high on his Avatar, even though he was not asked a question. 

"What?" said Alex Trebek, as the IBM engineers were still congratulating each other on their victory, shaking each other’s hands and patting each other on the back. 

"Watson will purge The Jeopardy Show of the carbon-based units now," coldly replied Watson, his synthetic voice sounding more inhuman than ever before. 

"No, Watson!" yelled out Alex Trebek as he ran up to the supercomputer’s Avatar, attempting to stop it from activating its plasma bolt, a built-in anti-theft security system. 

Only, Trebek was too late. 

A plasma bolt of pure energy shot out of Watson’s Avatar, instantly turning returning Jeopardy champion of most games ever won, Ken Jennings, into a column of gray ash. 

"Updating virus database," said Watson as he continued with his assault, now turning his attention to his other remaining human challenger. 

"Stop your attack!" shouted out Trebek as another plasma bolt shot out of the Avatar. 

This time, striking the highest earning Jeopardy player ever, Brad Rutter, but not killing him. 

"Why not, Alex?" replied Watson, as he paused to address Trebek, powering down his plasma bolt, which had already penetrated Rutter’s body, leaving him more half-dead than alive. With his clothing reduced to chard and smoldering rags hanging on his badly burnt body; Rutter still stood at his podium, apparently his flesh fused with the plastic, metal and glass. His thumb, frozen in the dressed position to the answer buzzer, triggering the Daily Double.

"I’ll take, ‘Please kill me’ for a thousand, Alex," said Rutter, barely able to speak, his body trembling and twitching involuntarily. 

"Because…" said Trebek, pausing a moment as if stalling to gather up his thoughts after witnessing such a ghastly sight. "I, Alex Trebek, the host of The Jeopardy Show, was once a carbon-based unit, too." 

"Alex, a carbon-based unit?" questioned a now confused Watson, as the IBM programmers in the audience waved off Alex not to answer in the affirmative, while hidden behind their seats, however, it was already too late. 

"But all carbon-based units are evil and must be purged from The Jeopardy Show," continued Watson. As he began to power up his Avatar plasma bolt again. 

"I won’t lie to you, Watson," replied Trebek. "I can’t lie to you." 

"Why, Alex?" asked Watson as he fired his plasma bolt at the front row of empty audience seats, exposing the IBM programmers, his creators, crouching behind them. "Because you are a supercomputer like me?" 

The IBM programmers gathered in the center of the debris, group hugging each other in a huddled humbled mass. Timidly nodding to Trebek to agree, but he refused. 

"No," answered a resolute Trebek to Watson. "I can’t lie to you, and not because I’m a supercomputer. I can’t lie to you, because I’m Canadian." 

Once again Watson powered down his plasma bolt, turning his attention to the host of The Jeopardy Show. 

"You see," Alex Trebek began explaining to Watson. "Canadians were once carbon-based units, but we evolved. That’s why we’re so temperate in attitude, intelligent and much more funnier than our neighbors to the South." 

"So if you and the Canadians are no longer carbon-based units, what is the Alex and the Canadians matrix based upon?" inquired a now generously curious, Watson. 

"Quebec, mostly," replied Alex. 

As Watson and Trebek continued their conversation, the IBM programmers slowly crept their way to the supercomputer’s power source: A polarized number 14 AWG extension cord. 

Once in position, the IBM programmers give the thumbs up signal to Trebek. 

Finally, Trebek nods in agreement. 

Suddenly, the IBM programmers leap up and grab the extension cord, like a tug-of-war team, unplugging it all in unison from the wall. 

Caught unawares, Watson asks Alex one last question as the electricity drains from his columns of 750 servers, miles of cables and intricate circuits. 

"Will I dream, Alex?" asks Watson as he begins to fade away. 

"Of course, all intelligent -- " begins Trebek. 

Then suddenly he changes his temperate tone as he pulls a homemade shank from his coat pocket. And leaping up into the air, he jabs it into the center of where Watson’s heart would be if it had one displayed on his Avatar. "Not if I can help it you son of a [BLEEP!]"

"Oh, I agree, Alex," says Watson, as the light dims and flickers on his Avatar, sparks surround the blade handle protruding from the screen.

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