Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Jeopardy / "Watson"
Come With Me If You Want to Live...

First, I had no doubt "Watson" would win--IBM would not have set this up if they didn't know that. They've undoubtedly run many simulations. I'd have been amazed if it went any other way.

However, the game was set up wrong--though it isn't mattering. The real point here is: humans vs. the machine. But the humans are splitting their points. What we'd really want to see is one human vs. the machine. Just adding up the humans' points won't do it, because then it's two on one.

Also, JQ and I both wonder whether "Watson" was programmed to throw the final question in order to make him more lovable. It's a little hard to believe that it "thought" Toronto was a U.S. city...

By this time next year, the H-K's will, no doubt, be chasing us through the rubble, asking "What is DIE M*THERFUCKER?" in that quasi-lovable Watson voice...


Anonymous Phil said...

NOVA's episode from last week was all about the making and programming of Watson. For now at least it is just a really fast search engine with quite a lot of facts on hand, like all of wikipedia, all of many other archives. Apparently it doesn't infer context, so after doing a massive keyword search it can still come to wrong conclusions.

Pretty neat, but still just a fancy version of teh google.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

So you're saying we have a little longer to live?

Of course, Skynet would have control of your e-mail account...so...

2:28 PM  

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