Thursday, February 17, 2011

"I for one welcome our new robot overlords"

Spoken by the human Jeopardy! champion, Ken Jennings, after getting his fanny kicked by a computer.

IBM's Watson is the first computer to beat humans at what they do best: memorizing random trivia to win game shows.

Err... make that "processing the complex syntax of oddly worded English sentences to derive an answer, a process which combines knowledge across many disciplines and requires understanding of many difficult-to-process parts of communication including puns and pattern recognition of similar names."

Watson beat two of the world's best Jeopardy players at their own game:

I, too, welcome our new overlords.

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