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 Issue # 47 September 2007 
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  • What if your computer could learn
    by Colin Miller
    September 2007

    What if......computers could learn instead of just respond to commands or programming as they do now? Well, it's not so far fetched.

    Movies have shown examples of computers doing things out of their normal behavior. For example, WarGames in the early 1980s. One of the characters was a computer named W.O.P.R. and it showed a propensity for learning. So much so that World War III was nearly started because the W.O.P.R. thought it was playing a game with a human character.

     In the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, a main character is a computer, dubbed HAL 9000 by the human characters. HAL is very evil and he could make you think twice about computers. Regardless of that, the movie is one of the best movies of all time, so I highly recommend it.

    For years, scientists have been working on making computers smarter and easier to use for humans. As a result, some breakthroughs have been made, although we still don't have a computer that learns in the normal sense like we do. Someday?

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