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What's next for IBM's Watson?

2/17/2011 11:51 PM EST
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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   11/20/2013 12:32:50 PM
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@Michael: I recommend you get a copy of the movie titled "Colossus, the Forbin Project"...

I remember watching that on TV in the 1970s ... scary!

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hasenmi   11/20/2013 12:24:46 PM
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Pixies, I recommend you get a copy of the movie titled "Colossus, the Forbin Project" and watch it. You might want to re-think the "benevolent dictator' idea.

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elctrnx_lyf   2/22/2011 4:55:16 PM
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The higher computing power is definitely amazing. Does it mean that these devices can actually replace humans to do certain job or they can only assist humans to take better decisions.

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pixies   2/22/2011 3:20:03 PM
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Maybe one day in the near future computer can replace (or at least assist) the government in decision making. There you can have a benevolent dictator and do not have to worry about the problem associated with succession. But first the humans have to overcome our pride, I guess.

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Sheetal.Pandey   2/19/2011 7:52:55 PM
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Well it was bound to happen, I mean winning of Watson. Afterall its a supercomputer. Looking at the positive side of Watson, I guess it can be used in many places for welfare of people. But since its a machines it always needs to be monitored by a human.

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yalanand   2/19/2011 11:53:52 AM
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@Nic_Mokhoff True nick, I agree with you that we better get used to look like idiots, because this is just the beginning of Supercomputer era. Only question is will these computers rule mankind ? or will the thinking capability be limited.

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Neo10   2/19/2011 6:27:20 AM
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While I agree that what it(?) did was impressive, it was quite a mundane thing for us Humans. It didn't have to any actual thinking, it did a statistical match among millions of combinations to arrive at an answer. Good for many applications but far far from what we fear.

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pjduncan   2/19/2011 2:33:36 AM
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Watson should be pitted against two EE's to answer tech questions. Let's see how clever he is then. EE Times... I smell a sponsorship opportunity.

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DrQuine   2/18/2011 10:59:19 PM
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Watson's ability to make sense of complex questions with subtle wording is very impressive (regardless of missing the category "U.S. Cities" in the airport / city question). While a lot of hardware was involved, the answers were also delivered quickly. A scaled down (affordable) set of hardware could probably deliver impressive results if a longer wait were acceptable. Most business decisions are not made at quite this pace (and span a less subject matter).

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Luis Sanchez   2/18/2011 10:06:45 PM
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I'm amazed! This is like when my grandmother first saw a TV. She was all freaked out! I didn't see the show but... Watson wiped them out judging by the difference in money they took. Though, Watson sounds like a monster... a lot of processors running and some database servers connected. This is a big hardware infrastructure isn't it? Though, I bet this can be made available to many via remote through the beauty of the Internet. Man... a friend of mine says... "we're nothing but dust"... today I feel I lost something to a computer... I don't like that but I'm amazed!!! Aren't you?

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