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Published on Dec 31, 2011
IS THERE A GOD?
Our descendants will not need the computer around them because they will be the computer.
I envision our descendants as super-intelligent cyborgs and genius computer programmers. In a millennium, a story teller might tell our descendants this story: Once upon a time, a teenage cyborg - half-man, half machine - wrote a million lines of supercomputer code. As an adult, he invented and installed a mega-supercomputer in a sports stadium and fed the machine the wisdom of our forbearers. He even gave it a name: "Deep Thought." This cyborg invited the world's leaders to a grand unveiling. After an eloquent speech lauding Deep Thought's power, this Great Cyborg asked a revered mathematician to pose to his supercomputer one of the Seven Millennium Problems that had stumped generations of mathematicians. Within seconds, Deep Thought spat out the correct answer. The genius smiled with satisfaction as he sat like a king on his throne. He gently urged other dignitaries to pose the most profound questions. The audience held its breath as the supercomputer correctly answered them all. Finally, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, cleared his throat and asked:
Is there a God?"
The Cyborg turned to Deep Thought apprehensively. The supercomputer worked away, its lights flashing. Hours passed, and then days. Days turned into months. There was no answer. After a year, it finally produced an error message: "I lack the data and power needed to answer this question."
The stadium erupted in laughter as everyone mocked this genius supercomputer that couldn't determine if God existed. Flabbergasted, the Great Cyborg commanded his fellow cyborgs to interface his machine with all the computers in all the homes and offices in the world.
"Is there a God?" he asked again.
After a second year of continuous calculations, the supercomputer blinked:
"Still not enough power."
Confounded, the genius cyborg ordered that the machines be connected to every remaining microprocessor. Thus upgraded, Deep Thought became omniscient and was hailed as the mother of all mega-supercomputers. "Is there a God?" the genius cyborg cried in exasperation. A booming voice answered: "Nooow, theeeere issss."