Earlier this week IBM’s took their Jeopardy playing supercomputer Watson to play a practice round with two human (and accomplished) jeopardy players. Watson tears out of the gate and barely lets up on the beatings.
We don’t know about you, but we’ve been watching the Watson project with curiousity. Building a supercomputer to be a chess champion, for example, only requires that you have a computer powerful enough to calculate all the future permutations of the game and choose the best path of action. While that’s not a small task, certainly, building a computer to beat a verbal trivia game like Jeopardy where the questions and answers can be laced with the nuance of language is a pretty big challenge. The video below, from technology blog Endgadget, shows just what a super sleuth Watson really is:
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- Published 01/14/11