The competition between the IBM computer "Watson" and a couple of Jeopardy game whiz guys is going to be fascinating theater when they go up against one another February 14. Watson is super fast at assembling knowledge programmed into him and using fuzzy logic to make literal sense of human metaphor and nuance. Apparently, its speed gives it an edge in pressing the Jeopardy game answer buzzer before its human competitors can do so the nanosecond after a question is read out loud.
This is amazing stuff that shows the potential for further development of computer technology. Not only can a computer outperform humans in figuring (as in an earlier IBM defeat of chess champion Gary Kasparov), but one also probably can access factual data faster and sometimes more accurately than a human brain.
However, before some Darwinist aparatchick tries to claim Watson as an exemplar of materialist dogma that we humans are just thinking meat, let me set down the obvious truth: Watson is an accomplishment of intelligent design, not evolution.
Watson knows what human beings have programmed into it. Watson does what Watson is designed to do. "Garbage in, garbage out," is still the rule. And loads of good information in (including information that accesses associations), loads of good information out--and very fast, too. Hooray for Watson and those who designed it.
I bring this to your attention, as I say, to correct in advance the inevitable and dreary effort of some Darwinian to claim Watson for evolution. But, it's elementary: Watson did not "evolve."