The Watson Jeopardy Challenge...

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Are you watching Watson, an IBM computer, compete against the two greatest Jeopardy champions of all-time???

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The Watson Jeopardy Challenge...

Postby Dean in Eureka, CA » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:16 am

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Postby Big Dan » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:46 am

I did'nt see the show, But I was watching Conan and he had a spoof on it and showed a small clip of the show. It looked interesting, kind of wish I could have seen the whole show.
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Postby 48Rob » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:51 am

No, never heard of it until now.

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Postby godskid » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:14 pm

No, I'm not watching it, but as a computer geek I'm interested in the outcome! I've done PhD work in Artificial Intelligence, so I am duly impressed with how much Watson can understand. That's not easy to program!

But I still hope the humans win. :)
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Postby planovet » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:46 pm

Is there a button for "I don't care"? :lol:
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Postby Gary and Cheri » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:18 pm

It's an interesting concept.

Morgan Freeman had a new series on television this year called "Through the Wormhole" and the first show attempted to answer the question "Is there a Creator?". One of the points that was made is that our current super computers have achieved roughly the same computing capacity as a human being is capable of. The show then asked that if we could program this computer so that if it is placed in a box and a human is placed in an identical box and we then ask each box questions; If we can not tell which box contains the human and which box contains the computer, have we created life?

If the answer is yes, then the inference is that we are Gods.

The scary thing is that they also pointed out that roughly every year and a half our computers double their abilities. I hope "Hal" is not reading this.

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Postby Creamcracker » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:56 pm

Gary and Cheri wrote:It's an interesting concept.

Morgan Freeman had a new series on television this year called "Through the Wormhole" and the first show attempted to answer the question "Is there a Creator?". One of the points that was made is that our current super computers have achieved roughly the same computing capacity as a human being is capable of. The show then asked that if we could program this computer so that if it is placed in a box and a human is placed in an identical box and we then ask each box questions; If we can not tell which box contains the human and which box contains the computer, have we created life?

If the answer is yes, then the inference is that we are Gods.

The scary thing is that they also pointed out that roughly every year and a half our computers double their abilities. I hope "Hal" is not reading this.

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Asking question and having difficulty determining which is the computer and which is the human does not make us gods. There's an all important 'thing' called "the soul"....
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Postby godskid » Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:23 pm

SO then - we should be asking the other box questions about its soul. And feelings. And desires, etc. Like "Do you want a hot fudge sundae after the match?" If it prefers oil ;) it probably is the machine.
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Postby atahoekid » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:30 pm

Watson is kicking butt on the other two guys. It is intelligent but it is not capable of reason like humans. So I guess that makes us superior, but I still feel stupid compared to the computer It's been interesting to watch.
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Postby Dean in Eureka, CA » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:52 am

Watson kicked ass...
What fascinates me is how Watson can be used for other things, take the medical field for example, like asking for a second opinion...
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Postby Creamcracker » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:31 am

Dean in Eureka, CA wrote:Watson kicked ass...
What fascinates me is how Watson can be used for other things, take the medical field for example, like asking for a second opinion...


But it's responses are only as good as the information that it has been fed. Clearly the last three evenings showed that it can rationalize and give an answer based upon the best odds...however at this stage it has no intuition.....being intuitive and "thinking outside the box" is a very big step......
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Postby SmokeyBob » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:37 am

I thought Watson was a soccer ball. :lol:
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Postby Creamcracker » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:56 am

SmokeyBob wrote:I thought Watson was a soccer ball. :lol:

Isn't that "elementary?"
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Postby absolutsnwbrdr » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:47 pm

just saw this short comic strip on facebook...

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I didnt post it as an image because theres some colorful language :R
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Postby The Teardrop Nanny » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:30 pm

SmokeyBob wrote:I thought Watson was a soccer ball. :lol:

Silly... That was Wilson. :R
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