№195 по английскому языку за 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
авторы: Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
Учебник по английскому языку 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель. Страница 195
She graduated from Columbia in 2003 with a bachelor's degree and began her work in cybernetics.
All that had been done in the mid-twentieth century on "calculating machines". She learned to calculate the parameters necessary to fix the possible variables within the "positronic brain"; to construct "brains" on paper such that the responses to given stimuli could be accurately predicted.
In 2008, she got her Ph.D. and joined United States Robots as a "Robopsychologist," becoming the first great practitioner of a new science. For fifty years, she watched the direction of human progress change and develop rapidly. Now she was retiring - as much as she ever could. At least, she was allowing someone else's name to be inset upon the door of her office.
That, generally, was what I had. I had a long list of her published papers, I had the chronological details of her promotions. In short I had her professional life in full detail. But that wasn't what I wanted. I needed more than that for my feature articles for Interplanetary Press. Much more.
I told her so.
"Dr. Calvin," I said, "in the mind of the public you and U. S. Robots are identical. Your retirement will end an era and —"
"You want the human-interest story?" She didn't smile at me. I don't think she ever smiles. But her eyes were sharp, though not angry.
But I said, "That's right."
"Human interest out of robots? A contradiction."
"No, doctor. Out of you."
"Well, I've been called a robot myself. Surely, they've told you I'm not human."
They had, but there was no point in saying so. She got up from her chair. I followed her to the window and we looked out.
The offices and factories of U. S. Robots were a small city; spaced and planned.
"When I first came here," she said, "I had a little room in a building right about there where the fire-house is now." She pointed. "It was destroyed before you were born. I shared the room with three others. I had half a desk. We built our robots all in one building. Now look at us."
"Fifty Years," I said, "is a long time."