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Friday, October 9, 2009
Watch This Debate


A call, in baseball, to have machines call balls and strikes. If they're way more accurate, why wouldn't you?

Machines are, I assume, a long way from being able to referee NBA games. But when the time comes, and the machines are simply better at telling us if that was a 3-pointer or his foot was on the line, or if that ball was on its way up when it was blocked, what's your preference? Something impersonal but more efficient -- or something with a pulse you can talk to?

And isn't this debate a little reminiscent of that moment at the grocery store when you decide whether or not to line up for the self checkout?