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Watson: Are We in Jeopardy?

February 17, 2011 Comments off

I was very interested to see the part 1 of the IBM Challenge special on Jeopardy. It didn’t meet my initial expectations, but that’s a good thing: From the way I’d heard it described, it seemed like it was going to be some kind of John Henry, man-versus-machine thing.

If you’re looking at it as a competition to try to prove whether computers are better than human players, that’s an exercise in futility. Computers don’t think anything like we do, so it’s an apples-to-oranges kind of comparison.

On the other hand, if your point is, “Hey, look at this awesome computer program we wrote,” then I have to agree. That’s pretty awesome. Read more…

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