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Jeopardy IBM Challenge. WATSON.

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the main advantage the machine has is how fast it rings in to answer. ken and brad probably both know most of the answers but aren't able to ring in fast enough to beat the machine to answering.

 

this is pretty much just free advertising for ibm like when deep blue played gary kasparov and beat him. their stock went through the roof. there were also allegations that deep blue had help in beating kasparov. publicity stuntin'.

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i thought this was a pretty cool demo.

 

easily the best parts are when the computer gets it totally wrong

but there was that spree for a minute where i thought the comp was just going to run away with the whole thing.

 

anyway, clearly it ain't skynet..

 

 

....yet.

 

:haha:

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I bet if the computer wins it gets laid before the human contestants.

 

 

Watson was on fire for the first half of the show then got all dial-up for the second half.

Should be interesting today to see how double jeopardy goes.

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yeah, do computers feel the sting when they lose?

like he lost confidence? i know they don't, but it's funny how once he started to fuck up it got a little worse.

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it does learn, so maybe it does get flustered in a sense when it isn't able to provide a correct answer.

 

i'm a jeopardy nerd and have been watching for at least 12 years so this shit fascinates the hell out of me. did anyone else take the online test last week?

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it does learn, so maybe it does get flustered in a sense when it isn't able to provide a correct answer.

 

i'm a jeopardy nerd and have been watching for at least 12 years so this shit fascinates the hell out of me. did anyone else take the online test last week?

 

Damn, I didnt realize the test window already passed!

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watson kicked both of their asses today in double jeopardy. when they said the final jeopardy clue though i had an inkling that because of how it was worded that watson would get it wrong. it'll be crazy if either brad or ken can make a comeback tomorrow.

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Part of me thinks it's unfair that it gets the text question at the same time as the question is unveiled. Of course the computer can parse it faster and therefore buzz in quicker. It's still beyond impressive it gets the right answers, but I feel like it's doing it before a human can parse the question. Perhaps that's the contest.

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This is probably the opposite of what was intended but I think this demonstrates just how far behind computers are when compared to the human brain.

Not going to spell out point for point why but I think the computer is way behind in the overall measure of brain/computing power.

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the main advantage the machine has is how fast it rings in to answer. ken and brad probably both know most of the answers but aren't able to ring in fast enough to beat the machine to answering.

 

this is pretty much just free advertising for ibm like when deep blue played gary kasparov and beat him. their stock went through the roof. there were also allegations that deep blue had help in beating kasparov. publicity stuntin'.

 

From this link: http://www.livescience.com/12859-3-strengths-weaknesses-watson-computer-jeopardy.html

 

 

— Watson cannot time its buzz-in to the reading of a clue or "buy time."While playing "Jeopardy!" contestants can buzz in when a light goes on after host Alex Trebek stops reading the clue (click early on your button and you're penalized a crucial quarter-second). Watson does not have speech recognition software that allows it to "hear" Trebek; instead, clues are transmitted electronically to the machine, so it gets to "see" a clue the same time that a contestant does.

 

Due to concerns that Watson could beat humans to the buzzer, IBM hooked Watson up to a signaling device that requires a physical pressing of a button, the same as human players. Ultimately in this setup, however, the advantage goes to us air-breathers because we can time our buzz-in to Trebek's clue reading.

 

"The reaction time of a machine is faster than a human, but that's not what matters in "Jeopardy!" — what matters is timing," said IBM's David Gondek, a researcher on the Watson project. "The best players read the clue, try to determine when Alex will finish reading, and then buzz in." Gondek said that "Watson is a strong buzzer, but Watson is not anticipating Alex's reading, it is reacting to a signal. A human can come in before Watson."

 

Also, as mentioned above, Watson is not programmed to buzz in until it has high confidence in an answer; a human can buzz in, though, and by rule have five seconds to work with before having to provide an answer. Human players, in other words, can take a risk and buy themselves time to come up with an answer, which is not a bad gambit if the category is an area of familiarity. Watson does not have this strategic luxury.

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