14 February 2011

Digital Jeopardy ~ HAL 2001? No, IBM 2011!

CNN's John Sutter writes Computer ties human as they square off...
"An IBM supercomputer named Watson finished one round of the TV show "Jeopardy!" on Monday night tied with one of his human competitors and $3,000 ahead of the other. The man vs. computer face-off won't be complete, however, until the final rounds of the extended trivia game show are aired on Tuesday and Wednesday. IBM trumpets Watson, which has been in development for years and has the processing power of 2,800 "powerful computers," as a major advancement in machines' efforts to understand human language. The computer receives clues through digital texts and then buzzes in against the two other "Jeopardy!" contestants like any other player would. It juggles dozens of lines of reasoning at once and tries to arrive at a smart answer."
HAL 2001? No, IBM 2011!-)

P.S. Watson kicked @$$. Plus, check out BBC interviews with the competitors who "represented the human race" versus the machine;-)

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