In 1950, Alan Turing, the father of computer science, proposed a test for machine intelligence: Ask a human and a computer a question, and see if another person could discern the digital answer from the biological one. Now IBM engineers have devised a tougher task for Watson, their latest supercomputer: Jeopardy.
Next year Watson will match wits with flesh-and-blood contestants, among them perhaps 74-time champ Ken Jennings, without human help or an Internet connection. Victory will take mental agility greater than that of IBM chess champ Deep Blue, which could form strategy but not on-the-fly analysis. Watson evolved out of IBM's DeepQA research on natural-language processing, a means of digitally parsing the information in human communication. "Jeopardy is a great way to hone this technology," says David Ferrucci, the project leader on DeepQA.
Ferrucci envisions using Watson as a diagnostic tool for tech support and health care, or anything else that involves complex questions, such as science labs, where problems are often Jeopardy-like. " 'This chemical can react with potassium bicarbonate and...' " Ferrucci trails off, awaiting the day when Watson chimes in with the answer.
Researcher/Physician: To cure this human of _____ disease....
Watson: Give human 3 CCs of cyanide intravenously.
Evil computer system will see humans as a threat and will slaughter us all.
But seriously, when machines start to get this advanced and can answer questions for us that are too complicated for us to solve, it'll be like the Navigation Computer from Wall-E.
ok rpenri i don't think the world is headed toward becoming a wall-e type world.........this is just a huge leap in technology that's all. i think it's a really cool invention and it's neat that it's going up against really smart humans......
sox all the way
Alex Trebek: Punning Herald of the Apocalypse. My Granny will NOT be pleased.