Rain Man, Watson and The Cloud – What Constitutes Consciousness and Being?

Raymond (played by Dustin Hoffman): “I’m getting my boxer shorts for K-Mart.”

Charlie (His brother played by Tom Cruise): [pulls over and gets out of the car] “I’m going out of my mind! Out of my mind! WHAT DOES IT DO, WHAT YOU BUY UNDERWEAR ?! WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT?!! UNDERWEAR IS UNDERSTANDED!

Raymond (An autistic megasavant): “K-Mart.”

Charlie: (Questioning his brother’s reality and his own outside motives.) “Do you know what I think, Ray? I think this autism is a lot of shit! Because you can’t tell me that you are not there somewhere! “

Raymond: “Boxer shorts. K-Mart.”

This quote comes from the 1988 movie “Rain Man” with Tom Cruise as “Charlie” and Dustin Hoffman as the “affected” brother “Raymond.” It won 4 Oscars, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor and Best All-Round Flick for those who themselves were described as “normal”. It succeeded in raising awareness of autism and savant syndrome in a humanistic way that has been conducted since the last 25 years. But so far, by putting all that aside, including revealing the incredible life of Kim Peek for which Rain Man is depicted – let’s switch to the work being done on the unique artificial intelligence of IBM.

Advanced supercomputers

IBM’s “Watson” supercomputer is best known as the worthy but computational opponent of the TVs Jeopardy 2011 against 74-time Ken Jennings and former achiever Brad Rutter. Watson won the “man versus machine” challenge and donated the $ 1 million prize to the charity.

Whereas Watson was specifically developed to play Jeopardy, a game of an answer looking for a query, meanwhile, it had access to 200 million pages of ‘structured and unstructured’ content from the Internet, which consumed four terabytes of disk storage, including Wikipedia’s full text. But the machine was not connected to the Internet Below the game. Watson won on his own merits without pre-emption or without intervention. Remarkable!

A new home

IBM has since announced on January 11, 2014 that it invested $ 1 billion to give Watson a home in New York from its former location in Armonk, N.Y. and a full-on marketing makeover. Seems to boast rights over a couple Jeopardy benefits are not enough for this supercomputer.

In addition, the company has reprogrammed Watson from a standalone system to a cloud-based service and expanded its programming to address other important applications. There are huge data-crunching opportunities offered by industries ranging from health care, currently consulting on lung cancer treatments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, to data-rich investment banking services.

Why it matters

What makes Watson important to ‘info-continuum linage’ is its ability

  • Learn,
  • Adjust
  • Apply and
  • Expand the requirements required by it.

Watson is the furthest step on the path to artificial intelligence. And so far, it’s an advantage. Beating Ken Jennings for $ 1 million can be an important prize for you and me, but when Watson is asked, “What’s the best genomic-specific treatment of this cancer patient ?, the answer is beyond the monetary value of those undergoing care and the families affected by the insight.

For computer geeks: Watson is incredibly still a linear type of entity within current computer science programming. And yet we are on the threshold of 3D and quantum computational progress! Watson is just a hint of the future awaiting us.

Is Watson conscious?

The questions that ultimately need to be asked are where does human consciousness and artificial intelligence begin? Or the other way around? Where is the border, the border and the synapse? Where and how does it originate? What is the difference between the super intelligent machine, the known being, the savant and the insane? Or … are our precious people just an extension of someone or some imagination? A Matrix movie scenario.

And when is common sense, just for damn common?

For further discussion Go here! …

This format limits the length of articles, and perhaps the attention it deserves. If this is a topic of interest, as it does for me, there is a continuing discussion about consciousness, the cloud, artificial intelligence, savants and our role as human beings in this vast universe. To see more videos and links about Savant Syndrome and the life of Kim Peek (Nov. 11, 1951 – Dec. 19, 2009), search among others on YouTube. It is most inspiring and worth it “Or here”.

In the meantime, I’m heading to K-Mart for some boxer shorts!