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Skynet lives! Watch IBM's Watson crush puny humans in Jeopardy

02.15.2011

This isn't specifically movie related, other than my Skynet reference up there, but it is pretty damn cool and I think something that would interest a lot of you. Jeopardy has been hyping for months that IBM has built a computer to compete against the fastest smartest Jeopardy-playing humans alive, and the time has finally come for it to show its stuff.

Its name is Watson, and it essentially searches a database for information relating to the question at hand, and makes a predictive guess based on what it's found. Seems like cheating, but when you have to do it in less than a second, it's quite a bit more impressive.

Below I've posted the first episode that aired where Watson goes to town on the former champs. Well, he destroys them at first, but in part two things start to get a bit wobbly. He particularly has problems with decades and Voldemort. Guess he's scared to say his name.

There's also pretty cool behind the scenes footage about how exactly they built and taught Watson to think like a human, and this has far reaching implications past mere game shows. Check it out below:

Extra Tidbit: I built a computer to play Deal or No Deal. It's called "Retard-o-tron 3000."
Source: Jeopardy

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3:04AM on 02/16/2011
great, now were one step closer to being slaves to computers! Terminator here we come! I know who's door I'm goin to when it happens! Hey Arnie save us all!! LOL!
great, now were one step closer to being slaves to computers! Terminator here we come! I know who's door I'm goin to when it happens! Hey Arnie save us all!! LOL!
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12:18AM on 02/16/2011

No problem.

I for one, welcome our robot overlords.
I for one, welcome our robot overlords.
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5:50PM on 02/15/2011
Isn't specifically movie related? Not like you to write an article that isn't specifically movie related...
Isn't specifically movie related? Not like you to write an article that isn't specifically movie related...
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5:49PM on 02/15/2011
Isn't specifically movie related? Not like you to write an article that isn't specifically movie related...
Isn't specifically movie related? Not like you to write an article that isn't specifically movie related...
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5:39PM on 02/15/2011

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really cool. something to work on when reprogramming this after the show. Not to say an answer already deemed wrong. Watson did that once and thats something (almost) no Jeopardy player would ever do.
really cool. something to work on when reprogramming this after the show. Not to say an answer already deemed wrong. Watson did that once and thats something (almost) no Jeopardy player would ever do.
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5:07PM on 02/15/2011

Alex Trebek gave me a picture of you once

The machines rose from the ashes of the nuclear fire. Their war to exterminate mankind had raged for decades, but the final battle would not be fought in the future. It would be fought here, in our present. Tonight... on Jeopardy.
The machines rose from the ashes of the nuclear fire. Their war to exterminate mankind had raged for decades, but the final battle would not be fought in the future. It would be fought here, in our present. Tonight... on Jeopardy.
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4:54PM on 02/15/2011

I'm a big Jeopardy fan

It was interesting to watch the match-up. It mispronounced "Sauron"'s name at the end. I also liked it in the "Name the Decade" question when Watson answered with the same answer Jennings did, and both got it wrong.

Also of not, now I learned something new: saying "OT" for a "00" era (eg. "19OT" for "1900s). I was never taught that ever in my history classes. Thanks for the lesson, Brad.

I look forward to tonight and tomorrow.
It was interesting to watch the match-up. It mispronounced "Sauron"'s name at the end. I also liked it in the "Name the Decade" question when Watson answered with the same answer Jennings did, and both got it wrong.

Also of not, now I learned something new: saying "OT" for a "00" era (eg. "19OT" for "1900s). I was never taught that ever in my history classes. Thanks for the lesson, Brad.

I look forward to tonight and tomorrow.
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10:35PM on 02/15/2011
Its "aughts" and you weren't taught it in history class because its a relatively new term cooked up for 2000-2010, at least to my understanding.
Its "aughts" and you weren't taught it in history class because its a relatively new term cooked up for 2000-2010, at least to my understanding.
10:39PM on 02/15/2011
Correction "aughts" isn't new, the term was used after 1910 to refer to the previous decade.
Correction "aughts" isn't new, the term was used after 1910 to refer to the previous decade.
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2:26PM on 02/15/2011
That actually is amazing.

T1 tribute:
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That actually is amazing.

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12:57PM on 02/15/2011

CORRECTION

Watson is NOT connected to the internet. It has pages upon pages of text stored in it's database, but no web connectivity. It must solely rely on what's already in its brain (like humans).

also, its competing against the two best Jeopardy players alive (not necessarily the two smartest people alive)
Watson is NOT connected to the internet. It has pages upon pages of text stored in it's database, but no web connectivity. It must solely rely on what's already in its brain (like humans).

also, its competing against the two best Jeopardy players alive (not necessarily the two smartest people alive)
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1:02PM on 02/15/2011
gotcha, thanks
gotcha, thanks
5:50PM on 02/15/2011
Gotcha. He gotcha.
Gotcha. He gotcha.
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