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Computer Talk: Did you see WATSON on Jeopardy 2/14-16/2011?

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Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2011
9:09 AM

Post #8373361

If not, tune it in. A huge IBM supercomputer with 4 years of team programming is taking on two of Jeopardy's reigning champions. The take their time and show scenes of the computer, some of the practice games and show part of the though processes on the bottom of the screen. REALLY COOL

You can get some online videos by searching "jeopardy watson"

I remember a BASIC program called ELIZA from the 60's. It was a therapist to talk too that basically parroted what you said. "I'm feeling really low today" "Gee, I sorry you are feeling so low. Can you tell me more" We have come a long way.


Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2011
10:01 AM

Post #8373418

I watched it last night too, thought it was quite interesting.At first it seemed Watson was going to be a run away winner but then a few of the questions were phrased in a manner he couldn't interpret fast enough. I will miss tonights show, have to work.

The look behind the making of Watson was interesting also.
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 17, 2011
4:46 PM

Post #8377878

This sounds neat! I'll go look for it on youtube now, Thanks!


Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 17, 2011
7:11 PM

Post #8378150

Preceding the Jeopardy show was a PBS NOVA on "The Smartest Machine on Earth"
Tonight's ABC News had a segment, you can see it and related ones at (Sorry but there are commercials)

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