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Watson On Jeopardy

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Chris Blount, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    So what did you guys think of Watson going up against the big guys on Jeopardy?

    While interesting, it seems like the computer had an advantage of being able to buzz in quicker.

    It was fun to watch though and I hope they do it again sometime.
     
  2. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

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    The whole thing was quite amazing to me. Did they ever say how Watson got the question, they said the computer could not hear or see so how did they feed the question to the computer? I would have assumed a voice recognition but that would fall under hear.
     
  3. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

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    My understanding is that they sent it a text as the question was being read by Alex. It analyzed the text the same way the live players analyzed the question (just a lot faster :unsure: )
     
  4. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    They said it was texted to Watson. I wonder though; at the speeds the system is running wouldn't that automatically give Watson an advantage?

    Mike
     
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    Dave291367066120 New Member

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    You would think, especially considering how fast he could "buzz" in.
     
  6. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

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    There was a clear advantage, Ken and the other guy seemed to have to buzz in before they were sure they knew the answer in order to beat Watson to the punch.
     
  7. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

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    In fact, after the first night, in an interview, Alex Trebek said that quite a few times they buzzed in before he finished reading the question, which automatically disqualified them for that question. That gave Watson another advantage.
     
  8. Carl1367066121

    Carl1367066121 New Member

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    I think using voice recognition and requiring Watson to "hear" the entire question would be a better (fairer) method. It was interesting though.
     

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