Yesterday's first match of Brad Ruttner and Ken Kennings vs IBM Watson on Jeopardy! has Watson and Bratt Ruttner tied. Good old fashioned brain power showed that it can still be a tough competitor against the supercomputer with its enormous library of stored knowledge that it can search by deep analysis of the questions.
While following the coverage I came across a Daily Digest of IT blogs on ComputerWorld which gave a spectrum of observations written by Richi Jennings.
. writes, "The first day of IBM's supercomputer game of Jeopardy! is over.
Watson did reasonably well, but its game was by no means perfect. Stay
tuned for two more days. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ask, "What is Watson?"
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention the shortest route between two Wikipedia articles...
Dean Takahashi reports:
Human competitor Brad Ruttner tied with Watson, a
supercomputer created by IBM. Another human rival, Ken Jennings, isn’t
far behind. ... The match showed that IBM’s artificial intelligence
technology is a force to be reckoned with, and in the future, it’s only
going to get better. ... Some 25 IBM Research scientists across the
world toiled for four years on Watson, which is IBM’s spiritual
successor to Deep Blue, the supercomputer that defeated chess
grandmaster Gary Kasparov in 1997.
At the start of the second half, Watson had $5,200, Rutter had $1,000,
and Jennings only had $200. Then, the humans made their comeback,
beating Watson to the buzzer a few times. And Watson got some answers
wrong in the second half.Read all of the blog coverage here->
Washingont Post writes, ""You are about to witness what may prove to be an historic competition," host Alex Trebek told viewers at the top of the show.
No question, Watson proved to be an amazing competitor - maybe even a little creepy in the speed and accuracy he displayed.
With categories including Beatles People, Olympic Oddities and Name the Decade, the round got started with Rutter choosing the first question, Alternate Meanings for $200: "4-letter word for a vantage point or a belief."
At the beginning of the game, Watson got off to a fast start, crisply
answering questions about Beatles songs and literary characters. He got
the first Daily Double with his answer of “Hyde”–identifying the evil
character in the Robert Louis Stevenson book The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
The humans came back in the second segment, beating Watson to the
buzzer on a couple of questions that the machine knew the answers to but
wasn’t quick enough to get a shot at answering. Watson showed some panache with his valiant attempt to pronounce the name of the character Jean Valjean, from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, with a French accent.
Code-named "Watson" after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, the IBM
computing system is designed to rival the human mind's ability to
understand the actual meaning behind words, distinguish between relevant
and irrelevant content, and ultimately, demonstrate confidence to
deliver precise final answers.
More information on Watson->
The DeepQA project
at IBM shapes a grand challenge in Computer
Science that aims to illustrate how the wide and growing accessibility
of natural language content and the integration and advancement of
Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning,
Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and massively parallel
computation can drive open-domain automatic Question Answering
technology to a point where it clearly and consistently rivals the best
Deep QA Project->