posted on Feb, 17 2011 @ 08:14 AM
People who say it's a gimmick don't make any sense.
To make that statement you have to throw out information about computers, A.I., algorithms and natural language. Watson has to answer a question by
weighing the context of the question. This is HUGE.
For instance if the category is Superheroes and the clue is He's the masked web crawler.
Watson will weigh the answers and let's say he has a 95% confidence it's Spider Man then he will buzz in.
Watson can look at a clue like masked web crawler and put the clue together to weigh the most probable answer based on the context of the words. I
typed this into Google and I got back websites about Daredevil, Spider Man, web content and more.
Again this is huge because Watson isn't just fishing for information, he's weighing the most probable answer and he also has confidence or a lack of
confidence in his answer.
So what we upload information into it. We do the same thing with children. We have to tell a child what an apple is or what a stove is and don't touch
it because it's hot. Information has to come from somewhere so complaining about information being uploaded doesn't make any sense.
The question is can the computer learn from this information and can it give us new information based on this information. Watson is a big step in
For instance, Watson technology might be able to diagnose a disease based on tests that may elude a human Doctor. So you may get early detection for
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