Anyone happen to see the episodes of Jeopardy they're running this week (the last of the set will be shown today), where Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter compete against an IBM-built computer named Watson?
The computer, of course, is kicking their asses.
I think it's a pretty cool idea. Whenever someone rings in, 3 answers that the computer thinks might possibly be correct are shown at the bottom of the screen, with percentages of each being correct according to Watson's logic. It got a few questions wrong, in some cases WAY wrong uses odd computer-like logic, but you could see what it was thinking in a sense by seeing the possible answers.
It also wagered odd, random amounts of money. "I'll wager $1246."
I hope it's on YouTube
. I'm at work now, so I can't check, but if you guys can check it, link up some YouTube
vids in this topic so others could see?
I realize it's a gimmick, both in terms of marketing for IBM (and there were breaks in the match containing "informercials" about how great this new technology is), and in terms of a novelty match for Jeopardy, but I found it really fun.
Oh yeah, Watson is not internet-connected, but instead has a ton of information contained within his hard drives. So he wasn't searching Wikipedia or anything, but instead his own internal memory.