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2/17/2011 11:51 PM EST
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cramcram
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cramcram   2/18/2011 9:34:06 PM
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Watson had to wager after the category was listed but BEFORE the clue was given, i.e., during the commercial break. It's wager could only be based on the category and the relative positions of the other contestants, not the question(answer) itself. Since there were fixed payouts for each position it could have bet 0 and still won. See the wiki page on Jeopardy for an explanation of the Final Jeopardy round.

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Kinnar   2/18/2011 7:16:18 PM
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I think IBM has got some product the stand distinctively along with Microsoft and Apple with this intutive technology demonstration. I hope this will be the become the technology in demand in the comming future.

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Charles.Desassure   2/18/2011 4:32:09 PM
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This is great for IBM. IBM has been out of the headlines for a few months and I am happy to see that they are back in the news...good job my dear Waston.

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nicolas.mokhoff   2/18/2011 4:09:23 PM
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People better get used to looking like idiots; they will lose more and more to computers. We "lost" to computers when we started pecking away on electronic qwerty keyboards substituting for most conversations. We also "lost" the art of storytelling when books made storytelling a science. But we gained an awful lot of new avenues of expression, as witnessed by conversations on websites. Now we need to filter most of them. Oh but wait, aren't we doing that at cocktail parties already?

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goafrit   2/18/2011 4:07:59 PM
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Toronto is now a US city. Anyway, humans made it. I pity the two guys that decided to compete in that show. Too bad for them.

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Patk0317   2/18/2011 2:32:01 PM
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I was sitting next to an IBMer in an airline club yesterday. Overheard him tell a colleague that Watson is now going on tour, but didn't expect many challenges as people wouldn't want to look like idiots when they lost!

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selinz   2/18/2011 1:54:56 PM
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How about computer based trading... Oh, wait. Already been done... :-)

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yalanand   2/18/2011 1:12:46 PM
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"Using a cluster of 50 Intel processors, Retrevo scans the product specifications, reviews, user reports, blog entries and other web-based information sources to answer user's questions about what products offer the" Wow this is simply amazing. I am sure this will help us solve many real-time complex problems. Kudos to IBM for contributing this machine to the mankind.

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nicolas.mokhoff   2/18/2011 1:04:23 PM
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Take a look at "What is Toronto????" here: http://www-943.ibm.com/innovation/us/watson

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nicolas.mokhoff   2/18/2011 1:00:48 PM
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The Toronto answer to U.S. cities question that stomped Watson stomped me too. Its turns out there are seven states with cities names Toronto, but Watson was "smart" enough to "understand" that the answer had a low-probability of being correct, thus was programmed to wager pocket change to stay ahead in the game. That in itself is monumental progress in human-like decision-making. Watson will do great at horse racing tracks, too.

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