IBM's Watson preps for a fall Jeopardy showdown with humans

IBM's Watson preps for a fall Jeopardy showdown with humans

Summary: IBM's "Watson" computer, which is designed to rival the human mind, is planning a Jeopardy showdown with champion level players this fall.

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IBM's "Watson" computer, which is designed to rival the human mind, is planning a Jeopardy showdown with champion level players this fall.

Beginning in September, Watson will play 50 games of Jeopardy with former champions of the human variety.

According to David Ferrucci, leader of the Watson project team, the 50 game series is designed to provide enough data to judge Watson's reasoning ability. IBM will "publish detailed results of what worked, what failed and why," said Ferrucci.

At IBM's blogger day Tuesday, Ferrucci walked through multiple slides---most of them off record and frankly over my head---detailing Watson's schema and how it worked compared to a search engine or database. Watson is currently in training for its next round of Jeopardy games. The creation of Watson is part of IBM's DeepQA project, which is designed to make smarter computers that can interact with humans.

Ultimately, the know-how behind Watson will make it to real world business apps.

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  • RE: IBM's Watson preps for a fall Jeopardy showdown with humans

    Sounds interesting - If the clues are written by someone other than an IBM programmer.
    tsfoxe
    • RE: IBM's Watson preps for a fall Jeopardy showdown with humans

      @tsfoxe

      The more important issue is whether the questions will be the same kinds of questions as are usually asked of Jeopardy! contestants, because truthfully Jeopardy! is less of a knowledge game than it is a word game...most of the clues give away the answers in the form of a pun...you just have to recognize the pun

      When this ship sunk in 1912 it was a disaster of titanic proportions...

      That sort of thing....

      Can a computer recognize a pun?
      Doctor Demento