The Ultimate Question

“[In Douglas Adams’ A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,] a race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings built a computer named Deep Thought to calculate the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. When the answer was revealed to be 42, Deep Thought explained that the answer was incomprehensible because the beings didn’t know what they were asking.”–Wikipedia

“It is not at all clear that human brains will be capable of understanding why the supercomputers have come up with the answers they have… We would have knowledge but no understanding.”–David Weinberger in the December 2011 issue of Scientific American, writing about the FutureICT Project, “the machine that would predict the future.”

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