SHORT STORY: Who is intelligent?

“Ralph! Please check the analytical and reasoning unit” said Kumar with a tensed face. Being the chief project manager for Artificial Intelligence manufacturing corporation ( A.I.M.C) was not an easy task. Their effort in building an artificially intelligent system with reasoning and emotional responses like human brain took three years to complete. Ralph, Kumar and George were in their final stage of system calibrations. Kumar looked at his Seiko and it showed 10.20 AM. Their presentation is about start in 10 minutes.

“George! Ralph!  We’ll go the checklist before the MD comes in”

“Sure”

“Physical connections”

“Good”

“Physical memory and processing speed”

“Sufficient”

“Audio and visual drivers”

“Check”

“Rendering engine”

“Check”

“All systems up and running and everything look good”

Three of them were happy to see their invention ready for the presentation. Five minutes before the presentation, Ralph got curious and wanted to test the computer to make sure nothing goes wrong during the presentation. Ralph turned to Kumar and said

“How about we ask a test question and see how the system responds?”

“Sure….ask something”

Ralph leaned towards the system and asked

“Who is the most intelligent person in this room?”

The screen was flashing for some time and a scrambled voice came from the speakers

NOT YOU. YOU ARE A FOOL!

Ralph was shocked to see the response. Kumar and George were laughing at Ralph. Ralph turned towards them and said

“Ya. Right. Let’s see who’s brilliant among you two?”

George went ahead and asked the same question. The computer replied the same

NOT YOU. YOU ARE A FOOL!

Kumar pushed both aside and came near the computer. Before he was about to speak. The computer said:

DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! YOU ARE ALSO A FOOL!

All three got angry and scared at the same time. What if the Managing director asks the same question in the presentation? All of them will be fired. Before they figure out a way to solve the issue, the managing director of the company came in with his associates.

“Hello boys! I hope the system is ready for demonstration?”

“Yes sir” replied all the three with tensed faces.

“Hmmm. Let’s see how it works?”

The managing director went near the system and leaned towards the microphone. Everyone in the room was so eager to know what he’s going to ask.

He asked the computer “Who is the most intelligent person in this room?”

Ralph, George and Kumar were in complete shock as they know very well what the answer the machine’s going to give.

The screen flashed for a few seconds and a voice said “You’re the most intelligent person in this room sir”

The MD was very happy. He turned towards the scientists “Wonderful boys! You’ve done a great job”

After the MD left the room the scientists were so angry. Kumar sat in front of the computer and screamed at the microphone

“This is insane! how can you say that our MD as the most intelligent person?”

The computer replied

“HE IS THE ONE WHO’S PUT ALL HIS MONEY TO BUILD ME. AND HE’S THE ONE WHO’S PAYING YOUR SALARIES AND MANAGING YOU FOOLS”

All three were shocked to hear this from a computer. When all the three were looking at each other, the MD was seeing everything using a CCTV camera. He gave a broad smile and said to himself

“This computer really thinks and acts like a human brain”

2 thoughts on “SHORT STORY: Who is intelligent?

  1. Wow KP this was superb. I’m glad the story was not about some silly guy and pretty girl. A day will come when computers will outsmart us. It’s already happening.

    Thanks for the gripping read.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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