[Cyborg] Watson Tonight

Adam Skory a at skory.us
Mon Feb 14 22:06:54 UTC 2011

Some people in my department did a bunch of work on Watson. The
interesting thing is that it all works by having lots and lots and
lots of data, plus some fancy statistics. Not that I'm disagreeing
with Eric; human 'intelligence' might work the same way. :)

On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 4:30 PM, Eric Boyd <mrericboyd at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Tonight is the airing of the Jeopardy episode which features IBM's
> Watson against the two best Jeopardy players of all time.
> http://singularityhub.com/2011/02/14/its-showtime-ibms-watson-to-make-history-with-jeopardy-performance-today/
> This links includes a trio of new videos that IBM has released, and it's
> good watching.
> I think the most amazing thing about this whole event is how
> anti-climatic it feels.  Obviously Watson is going to win.  Yet when you
> take a step back and think about what goes into the technology behind
> this victory, and you compare it to Deep Blue (the chess machine), you
> have to stand in awe at how far technology has come in the last 10
> years.  I think we've firmly entered the knee of the curve as regards
> strong AI.
> Eric
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