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IBM is providing a computer to compete on Jeopardy next week Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Anyone going to watch?
 
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Like.
But my question is that if the computer wins and then cannot be beaten on the show, will that lead to Terminator or the Matrix?
 
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Every system has its own bugs.
 
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David O'Meara wrote:Like.
But my question is that if the computer wins and then cannot be beaten on the show, will that lead to Terminator or the Matrix?


We are already in the matrix
 
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I was very excited to see this match up. Still am, but a little less after seeing the Nova episode. Personally, it would have been better if Watson actually handle video / audio input too.

Instead of getting the questions sent to it, it would have been more challenging for Watson to see the questions come up, and hear Alex say it -- and of course, figure out when to press the button too.

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From the AI perspective this is pretty cool...

A couple of years ago you could buy a little $20 or $30 gizmo that you could play "20 questions" with. I found that thing to be incredible!
 
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That should be the next experiment .

On a related note, The Atlantic magazine's cover story this month is "Artifical Intelligence? Why machines will never beat the human mind." The actual article is mostly about an annual attempt at the Turing Test in England. It's a long story to read online, but an enjoyable read.
 
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Related: Peter Norvig (author of AIMA book, director of research @ Google) wrote an article, The Machine Age, for NY Post yesterday. http://www.nypost.com/f/print/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/the_machine_age_tM7xPAv4pI4JslK0M1JtxI (print-friendly page).
 
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Watching it now. I like the avatar and the tour of Watson's hardware. Also like how they emphasized that Watson can't go online.
 
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Also like the answer panel, confidence and confidence threshold. And a good voice chosen to speak.
 
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Surprised confidence level so low (and wrong) for "Who is Lord Voldemort"
 
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Thirty minutes just for the jeopardy round is a bit much. I don't mind the watson details, but it would have been better that they played a whole game, even if it took an hour, instead of spreading out one game over two days.

For the record, I am a regular watcher of jeopardy; and I felt cheated watching a half game.

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Also liked showing of early practice rounds and how Ken buzzed in before ready to beat Watson. Plus when Ken answered 's was wrong and Watson gave the same answer. Alex Trebec said "no, Ken said that".

 
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Guys, where are you watching the show?
 
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Saurabh Pillai wrote:Guys, where are you watching the show?


In New York City, it's on ABC, monday thru friday, at 7pm.

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Jeanne's link also contains a short video that I found interesting, although (if I remember correctly) they don't specify how the questions are sent or the buzzer pressed. (sorry I can't link, very slow connection at the moment)
I agree that a fully automated test would have been much better.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Also liked showing of early practice rounds and how Ken buzzed in before ready to beat Watson. Plus when Ken answered 's was wrong and Watson gave the same answer. Alex Trebec said "no, Ken said that".



There are definitely quirks in the system. My favorite one was when Ken answered "what is having only one arm?"; Watson knew it was the leg, but didn't understand that having "only one" was significant, nor can hear Ken's answer... so simply answered "what is leg?", which was wrong.

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I missed it yesterday, is the entire show online somewhere?
 
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Henry Wong wrote:
Saurabh Pillai wrote:Guys, where are you watching the show?


In New York City, it's on ABC, monday thru friday, at 7pm.

Henry


Thanks Henry.
 
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Double jeopardy. Watson slaughtered Ken and Brad. It was amazing !!

Final jeopardy. Watson answered "Toronto" to a question whose topic was "U.S. Cities". It definitely has quirks !!


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Ken looked so sad in Double Jeopardy.

What was with Watson's odd wagers for the daily doubles? Don't people typically go with round numbers. Also, I remember hearing this was three days. What are they going to do tomorrow?
 
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"I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords" -- Ken Jennings, during final Jeopardy

 
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Ah. A full game today. Ken did much better than yesterday. When he bet it all on a daily double, he made a joke about unplugging Watson. And the computer overlord thing was funny.

Congrats to Watson for beating the humans.

also nice they are playing for charity. Good pr for IBM. The humans are only donating 50% but they have personal income tax.
 
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It was interesting to see which questions Ken beat the wire-head on. The third day was much better television, the first two were tiny bits of the game with long IBM commercials. It was impressive, but the commercials were very short on any real meat.
 
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