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How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 252 (or “Not your daddy’s Robocop…”)

Upon seeing the trailer for the upcoming Robocop film, starring Joel Kinnaman of AMC’s crime drama The Killing, you are struck by one thing while sitting in that movie theater. It is not that this looks like it has a chance of being a fresh, inventive take on this tale (if the almost robot-ninja way Robocop looks and moves doesn’t ruin it). Nor is it the interesting cast that includes Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gary Oldman.

No… you are struck silent by the stupefying question that a grown man seated behind you asks another, as a moment of quiet descends in the theater once the trailer ends.

The question: “Is that a remake?”

And with that, I present the trailer…

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 251 (or “Netflix, you don’t know me as well as you think!”)

You have recently begun using the interactive recommendation program called “Max” on your Netflix streaming account, which suggests titles to watch by way of a programmed series of pithy voice-over prompts, saying things like, “I think you’ll really like this one,” or “Do you trust me?”

However, your interactions with this program have been frustrating, and have caused a few strange looks from those who have entered the room in time to hear you yelling things at your television, not unlike the following:

“Way to go genius! Why in the hell would I want to watch that person’s second stand-up comedy special since I just selected ‘Not Interested’ when you suggested his first stand-up special five seconds ago?”

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 174 (or “Monkeys’ brains, though popular in Cantonese cuisine, are not often to be found in Washington D.C.”)

You recently realized that you can recite large sections of dialogue from the Tim Curry comedy Clue because you have seen it over 100 times since childhood.

Furthermore, you have now decided that if you were to have an artificial intelligence program at your disposal, your second choice after the name Oberon, would be to call it Wadsworth and have it sound and look like Tim Curry’s character from Clue.

In an alternate universe: Event 14 (or AI programs for everyone!)

In an alternate universe, everyone is assigned a personalized artificial intelligence program to serve as a tutor, language translator, and confidant.  Each person gets to name their AI.  Mine would be called Oberon.

One small step for man, one giant leap for Skynet…

NYTimes: Computer Wins on ‘Jeopardy!’: Trivial, It’s Not

Full story of the ominous victory

Skynet may yet have a weakness

A surprising turn of events, as Watson the computer makes a geographical error on Jeopardy!

Full story here

Skynet will soon be here: Artificial Intelligence vs. Intelligence Augmentaion

With the debut of a computer contestant on Jeopardy!, this week marks an interesting empass in the debate of man vs. machine.

NYTimes: A Fight to Win the Future: Computers vs. Humans

Full story here