These 7 Books Predicted The Future With Eerie, Almost Unbelievable Accuracy
“One by one he would conjure up the world’s major electronic papers... Switching to the display unit’s short-term memory, he would hold the front page while he quickly searched the headlines and noted the items that interested him.”
Watson (and other ultra-smart computers), from Ambrose Bierce “Moxon’s Master”
Ultra-smart computers are often the focus of sci-fi novels; Interestingly, our cultural fascination with a computer that can beat a human at chess or trivia is over 100 years old. I.B.M.’s Jeopardy-winning super-computer, Watson, was predicted by Bierce, whose 1910 short story describes an invincible, chess-playing robot.
Alan Turing’s famous test for distinguishing between a human and a computer wasn’t introduced until he wrote “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” in 1950.