Thursday, February 17, 2011

So...

will it become evil and take over the world?

I'm talking about 'Watson', the room sized IBM computer that toppled two Jeopardy champions including the infamous Ken Jennings.

It might sound very trivial, but playing Jeopardy does not just require very good recall. It requires understanding of natural language...a breakthrough in AI development. Of course, it did have the unfair advantage of being able to press the button quite a bit faster.

Oh yes, and it got quite a few questions wrong, too...

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/science/17jeopardy-watson.html