Monday, 6 October 2008

The Reason Program

In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (currently being repeated on Radio 4), Reason is an artificial intelligence program:
"Reason constructs plausible steps to connect any set of unlikely premises to justify any decision."

"What would you use it for?"

"Anything that would otherwise look like a botched mess of lousy planning by the criminally stupid."

"Like the current government attempts to bail out the banking system?"

"If you know what to look for, the pattern of the algorithms is unmistakeable."
(OK, OK, I have made one minor change to the script, but I think Douglas Adams would have approved.)

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