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The enigma of computer logic

by Critical Commons Manager

The promise that a supercomputer can and will deliver the answer to life's greatest mysteries is brilliantly parodied in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, when a supercomputer delivers first an enigmatic answer (42) and then an offer to instead design a computational system requiring a 10 million year timeline to compose the ultimate question. Why are humans in movies always so surprised when computers that are designed to be smarter than humans adopt an attitude of imperious condescension?

A supercomputer delivers the ultimate answer

The ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything is calculated by a supercomputer to be 42

from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Creator: Garth Jennings
Posted by Critical Commons Manager