In becoming self-aware, modern software has developed an unusually cruel sense of humor.
Last week, for instance, a woman hit the jackpot at a Colorado casino – to the tune of $42 million – only to be told that her winnings were the result of a “software malfunction.” Of course, the casino refused to pay the full amount, but graciously offered to comp her room and drinks.
“It seems like a fair deal to me,” said the woman. “I could have really used that forty-two million, but free drinks and a hotel are just as good. I’m the happiest person in the world.”
Just kidding, she’s completely irate. As expected, the dispute has now entered the legal arena. Call me a cynic, but I think she’ll have a better chance of winning at the slots.
Meanwhile in Orlando, a guy making a routine bank transfer was shocked to see his balance at $88,888,888,888.88. According to the news report, he was not the only one to sneak into the billionaire’s club that day. He pondered moving the money offshore ( honest guy!) but before he could find the area code to the Cayman Islands, the issue had been identified and resolved.