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The Computer Programme - Series 1
Episode 8 - The Thinking Machine

Aired - 01 March 1982

Episode summary:


Ian invites us to get lost in a maze. K-9 (Tom Baker's robotic canine sidekick) unfortunately guides Ian out of the maze using simple logical mapping. Chris introduces how the University of Yale are embarking on a project to build computers that can learn and think for themselves. Chris shows his mastery of motor mechanics in order to demonstrate how computers deal in probabilities. Gill visits St. James Hospital in Leeds to show how computers are playing a more prominent role in diagnosis of patients medical conditions. Ian and Chris show us how a computer can learn by it's mistakes using Noughts and Crosses (Tic-Tac-Toe). This idea featured in the 1983 movie War Games.

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