Friday, January 14, 2011

IBM computer takes on ‘Jeopardy!’ champs - The Boston Globe

This will be interesting to watch (Feb 14 – 16)

The system, powered by 10 racks of IBM servers running the Linux operating system and has 15 terabytes of random-access memory, or RAM, has been in the works for four years. It has digested encyclopedias, dictionaries, books, news, movie scripts and more, IBM says. It has access to the equivalent of 200 million pages of content. It is not connected to the Internet, so it does not do Web searches.

The company says Watson rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language — rather than computer code — with speed, accuracy, and confidence. Unlike earlier computers, it can deal with subtleties of language, including puns and riddles.

IBM computer takes on ‘Jeopardy!’ champs - The Boston Globe

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