Computer trials

I read an interesting article on how animals used to be put on trial. You read that right: Pigs, mice and locusts were criminally prosecuted (and sometimes executed) for goring humans or ruining harvests.

Which made me wonder if the next step may be putting computers on trial. Let’s face it, but computers (hardware and software) go wonky far too many times to go unpunished. ‘Criminal’ is a pretty good way to describe your web browser freezing up just as you put the finishing touches on a perfectly-phrased email.

Perhaps our descendants will recognize the innate intelligence in sentient future supercomputers and hold them accountable for errors, crashes and bugs.

“Please state your name for the record.” “01000111011101. ” “Could you repeat that?”

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