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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Who's Smarter? Man vs. Machine. 'Watson's' First Public Test (Video)

     In 2006 IBM started building something no thought would be possible for many more years. A supercomputer that understands English. Now I know what you think, "what do you mean understand English, who cares, my computer understands English". What makes this amazing is the computer understands 'natural' English. If the computer is asked a question, it doesn't just select a few keywords, Google them come up with some links, it understands the whole question, using the research programed into it's 15 terabyte body, to come up with an answer in under 3 seconds. 
     IBM is known for pushing the limits, like back in 1997 when IBM came out with 'Deep Blue' a computer that can play chess. 'Blue' beat Gary Kasparov, the world champion at chess, some say he is the best chess player in the world. 
     On February 14-16 'Watson' will play 'Jeopardy!' against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Ken holds the title of longest run on 'Jeopardy!' and Brad hold the title of most money earned on 'Jeopardy!'. 
     Today 'Watson' played against Ken and Brad for a practice run before the big three day show.
     Click here to see more videos about how IBM made 'Watson' and more detailed videos about the supercomputer. 

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