In his latest column, "Cyc Yourself Up for" A.I.," Wil McCarthy gives
machines an I.Q. test and wonders if robot friends could really be just
around the corner."
" For several months now, Microsoft has been blitzing the airwaves with
commercials for "enterprise software," a mysterious commodity which is
apparently supposed to amaze us with its ability not to hold grudges, be
surprised or get bored or lonely. I find this highly amusing, since all
it really says is that the world's favorite monopoly is still operating
in the mechanistic 20th century, whereas in both tradition and fact,
2001 is the year of artificial intelligence."
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