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Smartest Machine on Earth: Can a computer win on Jeopardy!?

“Watson,” an IBM computing system, is gearing up for a first-of-its-kind challenge—taking on human contestants on the game show Jeopardy! With a brain the size of 2,400 home computers and a database of about 10 million documents, will Watson be able to compute its way to victory? Win or lose, the difficulty of mimicking the human thought process with software is showing artificial-intelligence researchers that there’s more than one way to be “intelligent.” (Retrieved 2013-01-17 from Nova | Smartest Machine on Earth.)

Chapters

  1. Introduction
  2. The Challenge: We’re 10 seconds away …
  3. Programming Intelligence: At its electrical core …
  4. Watson’s Audition: We couldn’t write rules…
  5. Machine Learning: Why is Watson so erratic …
  6. Playing the Game: The team has spent almost four years …

Resources

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