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Off-Broadway Theatre Review: The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George

Amanda Quaid and John Ellison Conlee in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Amanda Quaid and John Ellison Conlee in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Human beings are messy. Their needs and desires are multitudinous, oftentimes reflecting little regard for those that their (in)actions affect. Even the most steadfast and reliable have the potential to behave erratically, to change their minds – what they crave for dinner, who they long to sleep with – with the seeming ease of the flipping of a switch. But machines – ah, machines. They know what we want, how we want it, and they – almost – never disappoint.

Madeleine George’s ambitious new play, The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, explores human dependence on machines in a complex weaving of three stories, each inspired by a historic Watson…

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