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tojones   2/19/2011 12:37:16 PM
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Very few companies in the world today have the research and development capabilities and the high quality manufacturing facilities that IBM possesses. I believe the US Government made a wise investment. Thank you for a fine article explaining the background behind WATSON.

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DrQuine   2/18/2011 11:36:42 PM
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A key accomplishment here is in the natural language processing that "understood" some very subtle questions. ["Sure, Watson is a great achievement in harnessing an array of computers to handle really tough jobs in natural language processing and open-ended inquiries."] This is completely different from your queries to Google [Google does a similarly great job with my typed questions every day that often flat out amazes me.] We hone our skills to pose CLEAR questions posed to Google while Jeopardy honed their skills to make the linguistics of questions posed to Watson OBSCURE.

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Ken.Kwong   2/18/2011 9:42:05 PM
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May be our tax money should all be given to the panhandlers, and we will all become one.

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Nikto   2/18/2011 8:37:29 PM
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Sure, sure… Should they have put man on the Moon? Should they be endeavoring to Mars these days? Every time something this extraordinary and magnificent is done there’s always someone jumping up screaming: “Ah, my precious taxpayer dollars!”. Not even sure if taxpayers money was involved in developing Watson, I’m asking how much of it was wasted by government agencies? More importantly, why not ask how this wonderful thing is going to be used. I would hate to see it calculating market trends for instance working to make some obscene rich greedy AH even richer. I’m sure IBM won’t willingly lower themselves to this level, but considering amount and sort of pressure our ever-brilliant politicians are capable of applying, maybe there’s a chance Watson is sold to some Wallstreet SOB. Just to redeem the taxpayer dollars.

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will99878898   2/18/2011 1:22:00 AM
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I bet they have done plenty of experiments with watson v. human before they stage this on TV.

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phoenixdave   2/17/2011 10:59:57 PM
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I guess I looked at it from the perspective of advancement of science. Challenges of doing something that is not currently possible are usually the best incentive for great minds to focus their efforts towards a specific task. Kennedy placed that challenge in front of NASA decades ago to put a man on the moon and safely return him before the end of the decade, and it was achieved. The science and technology that was developed as a result has touched all of our lives. I for one congratulate the IBM engineers for their accomplishments. Remember, there are always two sides to a coin. If Watson was successful in beating the humans the engineers are praised, but on the other side of the coin this could have be a complete disaster and the engineers would be selling parts at their local Radio Shack. They stuck their necks out and were successful, and we will all undoubtedly benefit from the new technology developed from their efforts.

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Ebird   2/17/2011 9:58:44 PM
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BM has contracts for the supercomputers at national labs Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Argonne. Some of these supercomputer contracts are at least partially managed by the National Security Agency. IBM system S was developed substantially by money from the NSA, called distillery internally. Note that IBM was founded on a government contract for the tabulating machines to compute the 1890 census.

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will99878898   2/17/2011 12:26:13 AM
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I bet there are plenty of AI's ahead of watson. They are not the first one to use computer to run some 'robot'style job. It's no secret. You are apparently 2 naive to overestimate IBM 's achievement. IBM is master of PR and not really innovation. tons of ppl writing chess programs for decades and voice recognition etc. IBM is sitting on someone's shoulder as well.

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AnotherOneToo   2/16/2011 11:58:15 PM
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The real strength in Watson will be its ability to listen in on every cell phone call in every language and serve to identify and prevent terrorist activity before it occurs.

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polylith   2/16/2011 7:18:16 PM
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You should look for flaws in your own arguments. Tianhe 1a - 2.57 petaflops Cray Jaguar - 1.75 petaflops Peformance gain 47% - nice achievement, but not groundbreaking or off the charts, considering 10 Pflops is on the way. Watson has nothing that even came close to its functionality for comparison, except possibly the humans that it trounced at Jeopardy. Comparing Watson to a mobile app is like comparing James Joyce's Ulysses to Mother Goose.

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