>Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 21:03:41 -0400
>From: Jim Fehlinger <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Professor set to 'control' wife by cyborg implant
>J Corbally wrote:
> > >From: "J. R. Molloy"
> > >http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/05/06/stinwenws01006.
> > Professor Warwick again.... He accepts that AI is coming, but doesn't
> > think humans will survive it.
>I passed a billboard in Times Square this evening as I was
>heading for the Port Authority Bus Terminal that made me think
>of AIs taking over the world. It was an ad for one of those nasty
>"reality TV" shows, all in red, with a woman in spectacles who
>looks something like that no-nonsense chief resident character
>on _ER_ played by Laura Innes. The white lettering at the top
>said "YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK", and at the bottom, "GOODBYE".
She's Ann Robinson, British TV personality (Nice comparison BTW!). It's a
very popular gameshow in the U.K., where Robinson displays her now
trademark cutting (and at times bordering on cruel:) criticism of
contestants who are doing badly. It's now gone stateside, where it's doing
a storm in the ratings apparently.
The basic premise is that a group of people answer rounds of questions, at
the end of each round voting out of the game the individual who did
worst. Then the "Weakest Link" line comes in, and they are expelled from
They were going to try find an American presenter, but there were none with
her, ahem, character disposition:)
>It had a sort of _1984_-ish look, and the woman would be a good
>choice for a "Ms." O'Brien.
>I thought it was even more menacing than "All your base are
>belong to us." ;->
She sure is. She did a consumer affairs programme for several years called
"Watchdog", and took no nonsense there either.
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and
crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures
to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid."
-Q, Star Trek:TNG episode 'Q Who'
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