IBM Creates Jeopardy-Playing Supercomputer

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SininStyle

Holy crap this show still airs new shows? thought they were all reruns by now lol.

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pepper_roni

How could it not win? You copy all the info it needs to the harddrive and bam, instant answers. How could it loose lol?

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leetNightshade

To make it fair to the humans, the bot has to play the game the same way we do.  Which means the bot is going to have to listen to the human speaker and interpret what he's saying into a question it can understand, which can be tricky to do; it usually requires training the bot with some sort of pattern recognition, maybe some sort of neural net intelligence.  So, do you know how to program a computer to understand human speech?  I didn't think so.  

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NewGadgeteer

Actually the question is fed electronicly to Watson at the same time the humans see the question. 

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Neufeldt2002

If Watson doesn't crash or have a bug that causes it to answer wrong (developers fears), then I hope Watson wins. It would be a boon for the AI industry.

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Vegan

How do it know??

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NewGadgeteer

Is it What is Watson? or Who is Watson?

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jbwhite99

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/magazine/20Computer-t.html

 

IBM is using this for fun, but is really learning how to develop AI through brute force.  The voice recognition is easy - it is understanding how the question is phrased, and interpreting all of the nuances.  Fortunately, they haven't trained it to interpret Alex Trebek's smart remarks, and it hasn't competed against Sean Connery in celebrity Jeopardy either.

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