Remember “Watson,” the fancy IBM computer that
appeared on Jeopardy as
Alex Trebek a contestant? A
scientist at IBM tried to teach it the slang used by the kids,
probably so the supercomputer can write the next Twilight
series or maybe churn out a three-volume slash-fiction series
loosely based on Twilight or À la recherche du temps
perdu. In order to make the genius computer speak in a way
modern idiots would understand, researcher Eric Brown forced
Watson to digest the entirety of UrbanDictionary.com—the
whole filthy thing,
with its Boston Steamers and Donkey Punches and King James
Brown attempted to teach Watson the Urban Dictionary. The popular website contains definitions for terms ranging from Internet abbreviations like OMG, short for “Oh, my God,” to slang such as “hot mess.” But Watson couldn’t distinguish between polite language and profanity—which the Urban Dictionary is full of. Watson picked up some bad habits from reading Wikipedia as well. In tests it even used the word “bullshit” in an answer to a researcher’s query.
The once brilliant supercomputer was so dumb after its immersion in the world of Urban Dictionary that researchers had to wipe the whole episode out of its memory.