The Artificial Intelligence Quantum Computer stood at the end of the most famous computer company’s production line. At which point the guided tour eventually arrived.
The CEO stepped forward to give his prepared demo. ”This,” he proudly said, ”is the Artificial Intelligence Quantum Computer. It will give an intelligent answer to any question you may care to ask it.”
A ‘know-it-all’ guy who ran a humor mailing list stepped forward and asked, ‘Where is my father?’
There was the soft hum of powerful electronic gear going to the task. Screen lights lit and blinked, and within a couple of seconds the laser printer printed out a piece of paper: ‘Yacht trip in Phuket Island.’
The ‘know-it-all’ guy laughed, ‘Actually, my father is not alive! It was a trick question.’
The CEO, quickly thinking on his feet, replied that he was sorry the answer was unsatisfactory, but as the Quantum Computer was precise, perhaps a rewording of the question might work better.
The ‘Know-it-all’ guy said to the Quantum Computer, ‘Where is my mother’s husband?’ Again, the hum of the powerful electronic brain filled the room.
After a second, the laser printer whirred to life. The paper said, ‘Dead. But your father is still on a yacht in Phuket.’