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A Computer Goes to College


A Computer Goes to College

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The specs posted for the Jeopardy system include 2880 cores and 16TB of RAM. That's not the size of system many of us every get to work with. The software, called DeepQA, is the core of the system and allows it to process vast amounts of data and make connections between the data to answer questions.

If we wanted to hire Watson as a conultant to help crunch numbers, what would his hourly rate would be?


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Back in 1975 IBM or one of it's team unofficially stated it would take a two story computer the size of the state of Texas to replicate the capabilities of the human brain. I know Watson does not rival the complete human brain in all areas of intellect and process, but I still wonder how large it really is.

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Back in 1975 IBM or one of it's team unofficially stated it would take a two story computer the size of the state of Texas to replicate the capabilities of the human brain. I know Watson does not rival the complete human brain in all areas of intellect and process, but I still wonder how large it really is.

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Watson capabilities are impressive, but they are also narrow in scope when compared to the human brain. The human brain does a lot more than applying a semantic searches against a huge database.


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Back in 1975 IBM or one of it's team unofficially stated it would take a two story computer the size of the state of Texas to replicate the capabilities of the human brain. I know Watson does not rival the complete human brain in all areas of intellect and process, but I still wonder how large it really is.

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Watson capabilities are impressive, but they are also narrow in scope when compared to the human brain. The human brain does a lot more than applying a semantic searches against a huge database.


As you can tell from the post, I am in complete agreement. Watson has a limited functional set to be sure but still for what it does it is amazing. The human brain far surpasses we can produce or program, however listening to the news I often wonder if some people are using even a half a percent of what they have between their ears. :-)

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Back in 1975 IBM or one of it's team unofficially stated it would take a two story computer the size of the state of Texas to replicate the capabilities of the human brain. I know Watson does not rival the complete human brain in all areas of intellect and process, but I still wonder how large it really is.

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The picture in the editorial, AFAIK, is correct. Looks around container-ish size.

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I'm interested in what the first quantum computer will look like. Will it need as much memory? Fewer CPU's? Maybe the more important issue is how do we write better software to more efficiently process our data and leverage our hardware? There seems to be an ever-growing disparity in the quality of our logic and the hardware that runs it.
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Back in 1975 IBM or one of it's team unofficially stated it would take a two story computer the size of the state of Texas to replicate the capabilities of the human brain. I know Watson does not rival the complete human brain in all areas of intellect and process, but I still wonder how large it really is.

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Watson capabilities are impressive, but they are also narrow in scope when compared to the human brain. The human brain does a lot more than applying a semantic searches against a huge database.


As you can tell from the post, I am in complete agreement. Watson has a limited functional set to be sure but still for what it does it is amazing. The human brain far surpasses we can produce or program, however listening to the news I often wonder if some people are using even a half a percent of what they have between their ears. :-)



I'd bet money that a human with an IQ of 120 and access to Google could probably beat Watson at Jeopardy more often than not.
I mean, why does Watson get to have a database on not the human opponents?


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Here’s how Watson works: The computer has been preloaded with information taken from encyclopedias, news articles and even the Internet. Other components include software that analyzes the question or clue and figures out what category — person, place or thing, for example— the clue is referring to, as well as software that can use the result of the clue analysis to generate a large number of candidate answers.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/41581340/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/t/jeopardy-vs-computer-how-ibms-watson-works/


Rather than relying on preloaded databases that have been selected by human engineers with the anticipation that it will compete in a game of Jeopardy, I think it would be interesting to have a Watson clone start out "life" with a clean slate. Give it nothing but the sensory inputs and basic algorthms needed to interact with it's environment, and then let it learn experientially through classrooms, the internet, and human interactions. For example, when it gets an aswer wrong, it can learn from it's mistakes, gradually indexing and ranking it knowledge in terms of context and reliability.


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I think some of the idea here is to see if we can do, or the DeepQA stuff can do, what Eric suggests. I thought I'd read the the medical version of Watson was kind of like this, learning over time as it interacted with doctors.

As far as Jeopardy goes, the computer was loaded with a database, just like humans are. They tried to mimic some fast learning. Once the show started, the computer had no connections to any databases other than what was in it's storage/mind.

I'm not sure this was a bad test.

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