February 1, 2005
Teaching Computers to Read
TROY, N.Y. -- Among the handiest villains in science fiction are computers that know too much. Think of the dream-weaving despots of The Matrix or murderous HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. But in reality, even the most super supercomputer lacks the reasoning capacity of a child engrossed in a Dr. Seuss book. Computers can't read the way we do. They can't learn or reason like us.