Computers are getting pretty good at mimicking human reasoning. A little too good, perhaps. Judging by the recent developments, it won't be long before computers have far surprised our own human decision-making capabilities:
- Computers can tell us, two years in advance and with 98 percent accuracy, when a couple is going to divorce.
- Computers are replacing lawyers. And doing a good job.
- As if journalism jobs aren't hard enough to come by, it turns out that computers are beginning to replace sports writers.
- As a way to improve personalized medicine, computers may become the best general practitioners we have.
- A computer beat our planet's best Jeopardy contestants.
Clearly, they're going after our high-paying jobs (doctors, lawyers, game-show winners) and our fun jobs (sports writing).
Maybe we need to get Watson and the other famous computers to do more menial work. Cleaning toilets, perhaps?