Scientific Research
If IBM's Watson had legs, it would jaywalk
If IBM's Watson had legs, it would jaywalk

It's strange to walk the streets of Seattle and San Jose, two of the world's great software capitals, and see people behaving like machines. I'm referring to jaywalking or, more precisely, the lack of it. You see packs of knowledge workers huddled on street corners. They appear able to ignore the data streaming in through their eyes and ears that would make it clear to other creatures — dogs, squirrels or, for that matter, New Yorkers — that the coast is clear and it's safe to cross. Instead they wait for a blinking machine to issue orders. This approach, like much of computer science in its early years, is based on rules. Because cars are killing machines, they must stop at red lights....