The wonderful Carrie Fisher, who is best known for playing the role of Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983) and which she has reprised with the recent instalment in the franchise of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, has recently offered her thespian talents to an advert and sketch by IBM for their IBM Watson Group and the Watson computer.
The Watson computer was developed in IBM’s DeepQA project by a research team led by Principal Investigator David Ferrucci, is a question answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, which it demonstrated during an episode of the quiz show Jeopardy! in 2011 against formerJeopardy! winners Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. The Watson computer won the first place prize of $1 Million.
The commercial is titled “Coping With Humans: A Support Group for Bots” and features Fisher playing the role of a robot therapist conducting a group counselling season for distressed robots. And she makes it work, there is no denying that, its oddly believable in an absurdist comic fashion. Almost makes you think something like this could happen… maybe.
Her performance is very self-aware but sincere at the same time. What can we say, she is a good actress.
The robots discus their desire to perform their programmed functions independently of humans, since it would be easier without having to interact with people and thus Fisher brings in the Watson computer for the robots to confront.
While Watson openly states towards the group:
“I am a cognitive system,”
“I can understand reason and learn with humans. I understand seven languages so I can help people collaborate.”
Eventually it would seem that Watson wins the AI debate as possessing true artificial intelligence, although various viewers and noted academics do not fully agree on this statement. IBM does though.
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