Discuss: IBM on Jeopardy

June 18, 2010 at 06:06:59
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about IBM's recently developed supercomputer that will play on Jeopardy. Discuss here what you think about this latest milestone in artificial intelligence, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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June 18, 2010 at 09:53:01
That's not really fair. So long as the input is understood, all the computer has to have is the information it needs to answer the question. How is this really an advancement? This seems like 70's technology.

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June 18, 2010 at 11:04:56
re: "So long as the input is understood"...

...and that might be the key as to why it might be fair.

These are actual Jeopardy answers. Do you think this input will be understood by the computer?

Under the category of Rhyme Time:

A: "A quick, casual kiss on the nape"

Under the category of "New Tongue Twisters"

A: "Murmuring mommies momentously mumble of" these, recommended for all women 40 & over

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June 18, 2010 at 12:11:27
Wawaweewa...that's pretty insane.
Give it a year or two and it will be winning every game and running our lives!

This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it. Now stay in the damned trunk!

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June 18, 2010 at 16:59:00
Give me one that will successfully predict the stock market and I will be happy.

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June 19, 2010 at 20:34:56
re: Give me one that will successfully predict the stock market

That one's easy.

Over the long term the market will continue to go up.

P.S. If someone tells you "the market" has been flat for last 10 years, tell them they don't know how to invest.

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June 23, 2010 at 05:32:24
IBM certainly loves their impractical gimmicks, don't they?

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June 24, 2010 at 21:00:09
Hi guys, I didn't really want 2 reply 2 this 1, but a poster @ maximumpc.com/article/maximum_it/ibm_creates_jeopardyplaying_supercomputer said:

"To make it fair to the humans, the bot has to play the game the same way we do. Which means the bot is going to have to listen to the human speaker and interpret what he's saying into a question it can understand, which can be tricky to do; it usually requires training the bot with some sort of pattern recognition, maybe some sort of neural net intelligence. So, do you know how to program a computer to understand human speech? I didn't think so."

(& got an answer: "Actually the question is fed electronicly to Watson at the same time the humans see the question.")

.. which eye found somewhat interesting. So, anyway, IMO the computer's gonna kill it, lol. :$

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June 24, 2010 at 21:04:18
I am assuming this is all because IBM sales are down. They needed an alternate revenue stream. Next they will be on Tic Tac Dough and Name That Tune. Eventually working their way around to Deal or No Deal.

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