Watson: Five impressive things about the first full game
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Five things that impressed me after the first full game:
First: Props to David Ferrucci for being photographed with a Toronto Blue Jays jacket. My sense is he’s a Yankees fan, and if so he’s a doubly good sport in the eyes of this Jays fan.
Second: About the Final Jeopardy! miss. In addition to Toronto, Ontario, there is a Toronto Ohio (Pop. 5,676), and a Toronto, Indiana. Ferrucci explains the science behind what looked like an easy answer here.
Third: The incredibly insightful - not to mention prolific and remarkably open-minded – Steve Baker has another op-ed on Watson’s real potential. This time he's writing in The Boston Globe. If you don't read the full article, at least read this:
[T]he true implications of Watson’s technology will come after it retires from the stage and pursues a workaday career in offices and labs. That’s when Watson will shed its avatar and revert to its true nature, that of a powerful machine working for us, not against us. Watson will be a tool [...] Once you regard this technology as a powerful supplement to human cognition — and not a replacement — Watson suddenly starts to look much friendlier.
Fourth: After watching Jeopardy! for two nights now it finally hit me: Yes, Watson is a tremendous technological achievement. But the real story is what it says about our own human intelligence. It was invented by humans – incredibly smart ones, at that – and filled with humanity’s collective achievements. That it took IBM researchers four years to get here is a testament to the complexity the human mind. Watson is a fantastic way to augment humanity’s collective wisdom and achievements by making them available – instantly – to more people in the most natural way possible. That’s big. Moon landing big. And befitting of a company heading into its second century with its original motto - THINK - more in evidence than ever.
Fifth: If you’re excited about where IBM is taking analytics, why not get on board today? Our new Business Analytics white paper is proving pretty popular these days and you can download it here.