My latest column is up at Pittsburgh Magazine, this one called “Watson, come here. Pittsburgh needs you.”
Which is of course a play on the famous first words that Alexander Graham Bell said when he invented the telephone — “Watson, come here. I want to see you.”
This was followed by the lesser-known second thing he said — “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if we could order a pizza through this thing?”
Watson is the IBM supercomputer that recently spent some time on Jeopardy showing the humans how stupid we are, n’at.
Watson might look like a stoic machine, but inside, he’s pointing and laughing at the entire human race.
I thought maybe we could use Watson here in Pittsburgh.
Some uses I came up for him:
- Arbitrator Bias Detector
- Power Hitter for the Pirates
- Snow Removal Equipment Optimizer
- Mayoral Unit Locator