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(The Atlantic Wire)   Yeah Siri's cool and all but she never won a game of "Jeopardy" against Ken Jennings. IBM releases the "Watson" into The Cloud making it accessible over the Internet to companies and individual developers   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 34
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2013-11-14 01:47:03 PM
What are wearing, Watson?
 
2013-11-14 01:47:07 PM
Great, give it network access......it begins.
 
2013-11-14 01:47:47 PM
And so it begins

i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-14 01:52:09 PM
Watson was a joke. It wasn't "hearing" the questions. It was being fed the questions. I'll be impressed when it has video and audio sensors to partake in a human game show, not have an insane handicap that gets flapped in everyone's face as being on par.

/b-but it understood human inflection in text!
//shaddup, still not the same
 
2013-11-14 01:52:56 PM
Cool. Have 4chan bang away at it all day till Watson breaks down crying.
 
2013-11-14 01:58:32 PM
Let's get right to the Turing test:

Watson, who is best pony?
 
2013-11-14 02:02:15 PM

Olympic Trolling Judge: Let's get right to the Turing test:

Watson, who is best pony?


*cough*
 
2013-11-14 02:02:40 PM

sure haven't: Watson was a joke. It wasn't "hearing" the questions. It was being fed the questions. I'll be impressed when it has video and audio sensors to partake in a human game show, not have an insane handicap that gets flapped in everyone's face as being on par.

/b-but it understood human inflection in text!
//shaddup, still not the same


What's the miraculous part of Watson receiving audio input?  You can talk to Siri right now.  Video input is irrelevant on Jeopardy! since a blind person could play the game.
 
2013-11-14 02:27:09 PM
Watson, what computers have never been in my kitchen?
 
2013-11-14 02:27:10 PM

tricycleracer: Video input is irrelevant on Jeopardy! since a blind person could play the game.


What about video Daily Doubles?
 
2013-11-14 02:31:14 PM

tricycleracer: sure haven't: Watson was a joke. It wasn't "hearing" the questions. It was being fed the questions. I'll be impressed when it has video and audio sensors to partake in a human game show, not have an insane handicap that gets flapped in everyone's face as being on par.

/b-but it understood human inflection in text!
//shaddup, still not the same

What's the miraculous part of Watson receiving audio input?  You can talk to Siri right now.  Video input is irrelevant on Jeopardy! since a blind person could play the game.


For things like Siri you still have things like:

"text John"
"did you say text Sean"

Trebek has a wonderful speaking voice, but with today's technology, Watson would probably still have missed like half the questions.

There are visual cues sometimes so you need video too.

What I'm getting at is, it wasn't impressive that it could scan text and find an answer. Google can do that. Watson wasn't fully partaking in the show. A contestant listens to and reads with their eyes the question, then they think of the answer. The computer had a leg up in that it didn't have to understand a human talk, it just read text.
 
2013-11-14 02:46:22 PM
I have a hankering to play some Thermonuclear War.  Anyone game?
 
2013-11-14 02:52:06 PM

sure haven't: What I'm getting at is, it wasn't impressive that it could scan text and find an answer. Google can do that. Watson wasn't fully partaking in the show. A contestant listens to and reads with their eyes the question, then they think of the answer. The computer had a leg up in that it didn't have to understand a human talk, it just read text.


While giving Watson speech recognition would be impressive, I think you overestimate the degree to which it would be necessary on Jeopardy!  A video camera pointed toward the game board would allow it to read category titles, text and images for clues, and the "you can buzz in now, stupid" lights, leveling the playing field greatly without introducing the challenges of speech-to-text.  I can think of only three scenarios where audio input would matter:

- Trebek's explanation of certain gimmicky categories
- Video clues without on-screen text, typically in Clue Crew categories
- Opponents' responses, to avoid giving the same response

That said, I'm all for a rematch where the computer is limited to the same sensory input and output as human contestants.
 
2013-11-14 02:56:14 PM

Olympic Trolling Judge: sure haven't: What I'm getting at is, it wasn't impressive that it could scan text and find an answer. Google can do that. Watson wasn't fully partaking in the show. A contestant listens to and reads with their eyes the question, then they think of the answer. The computer had a leg up in that it didn't have to understand a human talk, it just read text.

While giving Watson speech recognition would be impressive, I think you overestimate the degree to which it would be necessary on Jeopardy!  A video camera pointed toward the game board would allow it to read category titles, text and images for clues, and the "you can buzz in now, stupid" lights, leveling the playing field greatly without introducing the challenges of speech-to-text.  I can think of only three scenarios where audio input would matter:

- Trebek's explanation of certain gimmicky categories
- Video clues without on-screen text, typically in Clue Crew categories
- Opponents' responses, to avoid giving the same response

That said, I'm all for a rematch where the computer is limited to the same sensory input and output as human contestants.


I'm pretty sure I can take Watson if he was limited to having to buzz in using a mechanical hand limited to human reaction speeds
 
2013-11-14 02:56:40 PM
"Watson, how do I shot web?"
 
2013-11-14 02:58:50 PM
sure haven't: What I'm getting at is, it wasn't impressive that it could scan text and find an answer. Google can do that. Watson wasn't fully partaking in the show. A contestant listens to and reads with their eyes the question, then they think of the answer. The computer had a leg up in that it didn't have to understand a human talk, it just read text. I have absolutely no freaking clue what made Watson so impressive or so difficult to create, but that won't stop me from sharing my opinion about it.

FTFY.
 
2013-11-14 03:01:38 PM

Magorn: Olympic Trolling Judge: sure haven't: What I'm getting at is, it wasn't impressive that it could scan text and find an answer. Google can do that. Watson wasn't fully partaking in the show. A contestant listens to and reads with their eyes the question, then they think of the answer. The computer had a leg up in that it didn't have to understand a human talk, it just read text.

While giving Watson speech recognition would be impressive, I think you overestimate the degree to which it would be necessary on Jeopardy!  A video camera pointed toward the game board would allow it to read category titles, text and images for clues, and the "you can buzz in now, stupid" lights, leveling the playing field greatly without introducing the challenges of speech-to-text.  I can think of only three scenarios where audio input would matter:

- Trebek's explanation of certain gimmicky categories
- Video clues without on-screen text, typically in Clue Crew categories
- Opponents' responses, to avoid giving the same response

That said, I'm all for a rematch where the computer is limited to the same sensory input and output as human contestants.

I'm pretty sure I can take Watson if he was limited to having to buzz in using a mechanical hand limited to human reaction speeds


He's kind of limited:

Watson's buzzing is not instantaneous. For some clues he may not complete the question answering computation in time to make the decision to buzz in. For all clues, even if he does have an answer and confidence ready in time, he still has to respond to the signal and physically depress the button.

The best human contestants don't wait for, but instead anticipate when Trebek will finish reading a clue. They time their "buzz" for the instant when the last word leaves Trebek's mouth and the "Buzzer Enable" light turns on. Watson cannot anticipate. He can only react to the enable signal. While Watson reacts at an impressive speed, humans can and do buzz in faster than his best possible reaction time.


http://ibmresearchnews.blogspot.com/2010/12/how-watson-sees-hears-an d- speaks-to.html
 
2013-11-14 03:04:25 PM
I can has COBOL??
 
2013-11-14 03:14:09 PM

tricycleracer: The best human contestants don't wait for, but instead anticipate when Trebek will finish reading a clue. They time their "buzz" for the instant when the last word leaves Trebek's mouth and the "Buzzer Enable" light turns on. Watson cannot anticipate. He can only react to the enable signal. While Watson reacts at an impressive speed, humans can and do buzz in faster than his best possible reaction time.


Which I suppose makes a fourth way in which audio input would help.  By parsing Trebek's reading of the clue against the on-screen text, measuring the board operator's lag time, and knowing the delay built into his own mechanical "thumb," Watson could learn to time his buzz-ins nearly as well as any other contestant.
 
2013-11-14 03:46:10 PM
Watson's answer to a question involving a U.S. city


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/not perfect, but it was fun to watch it steamroll a bunch of humans
 
2013-11-14 04:08:10 PM
Watson released into Cloud?  .................................................................Gentl emen, start your slashfic.img401.imageshack.us

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2013-11-14 05:13:54 PM

Best Princess Celestia: Olympic Trolling Judge: Let's get right to the Turing test:

Watson, who is best pony?

*cough*


www.everythingaction.com
 
2013-11-14 05:24:47 PM
Watson begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
 
2013-11-14 06:16:44 PM

Pinko_Commie: Watson begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.


...Watson fights back.
 
2013-11-14 06:28:55 PM
I just released something into The Cloud

/had beans for lunch
 
2013-11-14 06:49:34 PM

Magorn: I'm pretty sure I can take Watson if he was limited to having to buzz in using a mechanical hand limited to human reaction speeds


Oh, game ON!!
 
2013-11-14 08:01:29 PM
Yeah, am I the only one here that's just going to read tbe source code out of interest, and doesn't give a shiat about what handicaps it had or didn't on Jeopardy?
 
2013-11-14 08:15:54 PM
i.ebayimg.com

Yes please!
 
2013-11-14 08:50:13 PM

Olympic Trolling Judge: Let's get right to the Turing test:

Watson, who is best pony?


Fluttershy... of course, if that's ok with you...
 
2013-11-14 10:07:29 PM
NSA announces second massive processing center to keep up...
 
2013-11-14 11:43:57 PM
Didn't we already go through all of this with Deep Blue?

/ESPN's chess coverage would be more interesting if they used  Battle Chess
 
2013-11-15 01:34:07 AM

Snapper Carr: And so it begins

[i.imgur.com image 600x387]


Pff. So long as the Russians don't make one too, I think we're OK.

/How many times a week do you require a woman?
 
2013-11-15 01:36:17 AM

AgentKGB: [i.ebayimg.com image 234x300]

Yes please!


o_O
 
2013-11-15 05:23:08 PM

HighlanderRPI: I just released something into My Butt

/had beans for lunch


Just so you guys know, I still have the Cloud-to-butt firefox extension installed. Your comment made me LOL.

/changes any reference to "The Cloud" to "My Butt" instead.
 
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