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bcgd
05:53 PM on 01/14/2011
I still dont get this.
Once they engineer something the size of a human brain or SMALLER and it stands up then you got a compitition.
How is a super computer the size of of civic thats had every peice of knowledge scanned in over 4 years impressive short of the man hours used. Hm we put 900,000 man hours into engineering something that can scan 80trillion bits of information in 3 seconds.

Great china built all the parts, we traded information our tax dollars paid for over the last 50 years so our companies can use slave labor. What a treat. All the while China proceeds to obtain 20% sustainable energy in 5 years. Cant ya wait when our wages are so low the companies will come back and employ your children and grandchildren for $2/day at 9 years old.
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06:14 PM on 01/14/2011
"How is a super computer the size of of civic thats had every peice of knowledge scanned in over 4 years impressive?"

Don't forget, humans are scanning info in EVERY day, for 20 or 30 years, before they hit Jeopardy. So, maybe 4 years IS impressive. What's MORE impressive, however, is how you turned this routine Man vs Machine triviality into a referendum on China and slave labor. I'll wager that a computer couldn't even do THAT.
06:24 PM on 01/14/2011
If it were about stuffing as much information as possible into memory chips we'd have perfect AI years ago. AI has always been one of the wholly grails for computing and Watson appears to be one of the first true AI units i've ever seen.

The trick is "understanding" the nuance to speech so as to arrive at the correct (and potentially subtle) answer. Jeopardy is quite possibly the best platform to test a genuine AI machine -- context and speech framing to the question are required to arrive at the correct answer.
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apiazza
There is no such thing as a fiscal conservative.
05:35 PM on 01/14/2011
Are we sure there isn't a guy under the desk?
06:19 PM on 01/14/2011
If there were he'd potentially be the greatest undiscovered Jeopardy champion in history -- assuming Watson beats Ken and Brett in February.
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myth buster
01:22 AM on 01/15/2011
Ken holds the record for most wins on Jeopardy, and Brad has never lost.
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stevobar
05:33 PM on 01/14/2011
Hmmm...I guess heavenly father let Mr Jennings down...
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JaundicedEye
05:29 PM on 01/14/2011
Has HuffPost ever heard of the word "Spoiler"?

Thanks for taking all of the surprise and suspense out of the Jeopardy! match.
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bcgd
05:54 PM on 01/14/2011
um we dont have tv anymore.
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06:16 PM on 01/14/2011
Ever heard of a "practice round?" It's in the article, so you should have. If you'd watched the tape, you would have noticed that Alex Trebeck wasn't there, either.
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chemguy
Liberal, but not Democrat
05:23 PM on 01/14/2011
Most people aren't seeing the real implications here. If it can answer Jeopardy questions with a higher rate of accuracy than humans, then it could be applied to many other fields. How many jobs are essentially just answering questions? Customer service jobs everywhere could be replaced by a computer like this and that's just the beginning.
jackstpaul
What am I supposed to write here?
06:26 PM on 01/14/2011
You tell me: How many jobs are essentially just answerign questions? The vast majority of what this computer had to do was retrieve simple bits of trivia. How many jobs really fit that, mostly?
06:26 PM on 01/14/2011
24/7 customer support with REAL answers is a dream come true. How many CR depts know absolutely nothing. I welcome our AI overlords
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memememeeeee
I should runs for Congress... I are actually smart
05:14 PM on 01/14/2011
great.. all it needs to do now is become self aware :) then we have created a race bigger, badder, faster than us.
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lightist
light as a photon, heavy as tungsten.
05:01 PM on 01/14/2011
It's still "...a dead empty mask operated by remote control." ... They call him Burroughs
05:01 PM on 01/14/2011
There's a lot of avarice in the comments here. I sense that viewers are aware of our impending status as a lesser intelligence on earth.
jackstpaul
What am I supposed to write here?
06:29 PM on 01/14/2011
Avarice means extreme greed. Are you sure you meant to write "avarice?" I don't see your post making sense if you intended to use "avarice." What do you mean?
05:01 PM on 01/14/2011
Now to figure out how it associates a question with information in its databank. How does it identify what you're asking from a question? That's probably the billion dollar secret we won't know for a long time...
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06:20 PM on 01/14/2011
HA! We DO know. We couldn't build it if we didn't know the answer to that.

What we DON'T completely understand is how our brains work...
and how you were able to confuse the two.
06:31 PM on 01/14/2011
The hell are you on about?
06:32 PM on 01/14/2011
... Of course the people who built it know how they did it. My point was they won't tell us for a long time because it's profitable research.

How did you confuse what I said?
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GeoNorth
Some say I'm an enigma, but I'm not easily figured
04:58 PM on 01/14/2011
What was the TRacy Hepburn movie where they did the same thing...over 50 years ago?
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amanofmanyfaucets
05:10 PM on 01/14/2011
Desk Set
04:51 PM on 01/14/2011
Download the database of human history. Isn't this really just testing speech recognition software as an input medium as well as how thourough the database download was.

Highly unimpressive.

Real question lets have a google vs. microsoft vs apple vs. ibm contest.
05:10 PM on 01/14/2011
Its not just speech recognition.... its not like all the possible questions that are ever possible in the whole world are preloaded into the computer (that would be speech recognition..) The impressive thing is being able to understand what has been asked and digging into the data bank for the answer... think about it for a few more minutes then you will realize that you should not just 'pooh pooh' this feat...
04:42 PM on 01/14/2011
Oh look, the super-computer containing instantaneous response receptors and terabytes of information along with mechanical reflexes can answer faster than the humans. Oh, what a shock. I am not impressed, and I thank my lucky stars I'm going to be doing something else when this pitiful 'match' takes place. Really, Trebek, you should bring on other Game Hosts like from the Cash Cab and Pat from Wheel o' Fortune. That'll be a real game.
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stepper
Lord of the Realm
04:46 PM on 01/14/2011
"instantaneous response receptors?" What are those? Are they like Tachion beams and photon torpedoes?
04:51 PM on 01/14/2011
Basically, it's when the robot out-matches the human in responding.

Oh, and cut the sarcasm, kid, you'll be taken seriously then.
04:51 PM on 01/14/2011
You're being really sour over nothing. Grow up.
04:51 PM on 01/14/2011
Sounds like you suffer from AI envy.
04:51 PM on 01/14/2011
Looks like you're jealous of my ability to coherently think for myself.
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breakingpoint
War is a Racket - Smedley Butler
04:35 PM on 01/14/2011
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P51MUSTANG
HumeSkeptic might disagree, but...
04:28 PM on 01/14/2011
When the computer sees that it has acquired a commanding lead, and intentionally mis-answers a question with a quip designed to leave the studio audience rolling on the floor in laughter, call me.

Watson: "What is, 'Where specifically will your wife say is the weirdest place you ever made love'"
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darcdante
04:26 PM on 01/14/2011
I'm guessing the machine's biggest advantage was to ring the buzzer first. Hard to move one's hand faster than electricity.
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SeanMMasters
centrist
06:05 PM on 01/14/2011
And yet Watson was beaten to the buzzer several times!