Man in ‘Jeopardy’: ‘Watson’ impresses but humans rule

Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, the two most decorated champions in “Jeopardy” history, watched in barely disguised frustration last night as they got steamrolled by an opponent nicknamed “Watson.” On question after question — 25 times in all — Watson buzzed in first, answering correctly 24 times. By the end of last night’s round, Watson had won a total of $35,734, with a stunned Rutter second at $10,400 and Jennings last with $4,800,

Watson, of course, is a rather large computer system created by IBM. The final night of the taped, three-night challenge pitting man against machine will air tonight, and at this point the outcome is not in much doubt.

Personally, I’m intrigued by the Jeopardy matchup in part because back in in 1996, I covered IBM’s first attempt to beat Garry Kasparov, still acknowledged as probably the best chess player in history, during a historic six-game match in Philadelphia. The great and rather egocentric Kasparov won that particular challenge, afterward proclaiming himself the defender of mankind who had beaten back the onslaught of the machine.

A year later, he lost in a rematch, making a terrible blunder in the process. The onslaught of the machine resumed.

The machine that took on Kasparov, nicknamed Deep Blue, was impressive for its day. It could accurately analyze more than 100 million chess positions a second, while Kasparov could at best analyze three. In its database, the computer also contained every move of every chess game ever recorded between chess grandmasters.

Today, 15 years later, the calculating power of “Watson” no doubt puts Deep Blue in the shade. Its ability to comprehend complex, sometimes tricky questions — or as Jeopardy famously frames them, answers — is impressive, and IBM has every right to take pride its accomplishment. The technology has come a long way.

After the Kasparov match, however, I came away more impressed by the power of the human brain than of the machine that human brains had created. The Jeopardy challenge hasn’t changed that conclusion in the slightest.

Jennings and Rutter, remember, are competing against each other as well as against Watson, and are probably splitting the questions that are more human-friendly. In a one-on-one challenge against the machine, they might have done better. And I still find it remarkable that it takes a large roomful of networked and powerful computer servers, fed by an outside energy source and carefully tended by some of our smartest engineers, to compete against the six pounds of flesh inside the human skull. Pound for pound, we’re still by far the smartest thing ever to hit this planet, baby.

And if it’s any consolation, witnesses who saw the contest in person say that the show took four hours to tape because Watson kept crashing.

– Jay Bookman

242 comments Add your comment

Adam

February 16th, 2011
5:17 pm

Kamchak

February 16th, 2011
5:17 pm

And if it’s any consolation, witnesses who saw the contest in person say that the show took four hours to tape because Watson kept crashing.

Another obstacle in the road to AI.

Adam

February 16th, 2011
5:18 pm

All this really means is they haven’t QUITE got it right yet. They might just, though.

Rodrick Brown

February 16th, 2011
5:22 pm

Impressive in some aspects, not so in others. You really have to give IBM credit for bringing these type of engineering feets to the masses overall… R&D in these areas do pave the way for practical applications later down the road, so the effort was definitely worth the investment for IBM and many of their business partners. That being said of course IBM footed the entire bill and sponsored this event so you really didn’t expect to not see a plug every few minutes :-)

I really wouldn’t considered this a fair match for Ken, or Brad only because of the delay required for Watson, its almost unfair if you look at how Jeopardy is designed in nature — by the time Watson gets the answer submitted, it he can easily search, cross reference, and determine it’s confidence level before even attempting to answer a question. In the past when I was an avid Jeopardy fan in very competitive matches it was basically a latency race between all contestants as they clicked away to grab the questions before other competitors after hearing just here a fragment of the overall question. The next version of Watson should implement some kind of speech recognition software that would process the questions and try to compute an answer and trigger when ready. This would have been a much better test of Watson’s capabilities IMO.

The only real advantage Brad and Ken have this point is when Watson is truly stumped and passes on a question. It would have been nice if they had the opportunity to use look ahead reasoning/logic to click away at questions before Alex has completed them. This is why humans will always be superior than machines and this is how Ken or Brad would have been able to beat Watson.

Imagine the following scenario:

Category New York City
Alex would ask — “A large Statue….” [ Ken Buzzes ] [Brad Buzzes] [ Watson waits for more keywords to filter down his massive list of possibilities]

If everyone has to wait for – ” A Large Statue designed by Frederic Bartholdi in 1886″ – Watson can easily process this answer with a 100% confidence level in microseconds.

So in all this contest isn’t really designed for humans I would love to see Google, Microsoft and IBM battle it out ;-)
Now that would be really impressive.

Paul

February 16th, 2011
5:22 pm

I understand Watson triggers the buzzer via an electromechanical ‘thumb.’ So do I understand it’s not so much a test of who knows the correct answer (or question) as it is of who has the fastest reaction time?

Matti

February 16th, 2011
5:22 pm

the show took four hours to tape because Watson kept crashing.

Hahahaha! Thanks for that tidbit, Mr. Bookman! I feel better about it now. Frankly, this particular “game” (aka shameless plug for the IBM corporatocracy and omen of end times ala the Terminator movies) has not been fun to watch.

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
5:23 pm

“Danger Will Robinson ……… Danger !”

Dusty

February 16th, 2011
5:25 pm

Hey,, NEWS! Republicans in the House voted against that cost raising jet engine. Sec. Gates sensible talk about that put it over the top. If the Senate will join in the cost cutters we may get things going in Washington!! A baby step but a STEP!!

Joe the Plutocrat

February 16th, 2011
5:26 pm

the United States needs to pass law banning computers from competing on game shows, but only one weekdays.

Paul

February 16th, 2011
5:27 pm

Rodrick

“This is why humans will***always*** be superior than machines ”

After more people have had a chance to weigh in we may have to explore that…..

So long as Bosch shows up -

Adam

February 16th, 2011
5:27 pm

Dusty: Thank goodness.

Paul

February 16th, 2011
5:28 pm

oh yeah, the crashing tidbit – great!

Dusty

There’s nearly half a billion off the deficit –

Did you get that? Half a BILLION!

Wow.

Dudley (you're just jealous cause the voices ain't talking to you)

February 16th, 2011
5:28 pm

Enjoy the human condition before the machines take over

Adam

February 16th, 2011
5:29 pm

Paul: Still, cutting the useless crap is EASY, and yet many Republicans fought like hell to keep that damn engine. It doesn’t make sense to not at least cut the nonsense. Of course it’s a small part of it but hey, it’s easy enough to go “Well cut that, because it makes no sense to have it.” Of course more needs to be done, but let’s not say that we should ignore everything that is small in number but still wasteful.

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
5:30 pm

And who put together Watson? That six pounds of flesh that Jay mentioned…

Dave R.

February 16th, 2011
5:34 pm

“Pound for pound, we’re still by far the smartest thing ever to hit this planet, baby.”

Insert your own liberal joke here . . .

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
5:35 pm

Neo-Luddites unite! The Bruin is our leader. And he knew I was going to say that. :-)

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
5:35 pm

“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qnd-hdmgfk&feature=related

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

February 16th, 2011
5:36 pm

If Watson were a product of Cyberdyne Systems Corporation instead of IBM, I would be much more worried. I’m only hoping that one of Watson’s engineers doesn’t become a founder of Cyberdyne Systems Corporation.

ty webb

February 16th, 2011
5:38 pm

I have a new found respect for any Jeopardy contestant. I took the online test for future contestants a week ago, and it was really tough.

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
5:38 pm

Speaking of technology, how many of y’all are caught up in the phone snafu today…?

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
5:38 pm

ty…
Could you link it, please…

Dudley (you're just jealous cause the voices ain't talking to you)

February 16th, 2011
5:38 pm

SoCo

I was trying to remember that name

@@

February 16th, 2011
5:40 pm

I heard that Watson is made up of over 400 mainframes in a single room. That’s gotta be a BIG room.

Paul

February 16th, 2011
5:40 pm

Adam

Wasn’t just Republicans. Defense spending has broad bipartisan support. So far, cut recommendations have been proposed within DoD – and not just during this administration.

Dems are every bit as enamored of glitzy weapons and the massive $$$ impact on their districts as are Reps.

And, there were some who made some very good (on the surface) arguments for the program.

SoCom

Wait!! Bosch isn’t here yet.

Joe the Plutocrat

February 16th, 2011
5:41 pm

JB, I believe the “6 lbs.” inside the skull is an organ, comprised of gray matter (nerve endings), not flesh (skin, muscle, viscera). well wait, viscera does include organs, but generally those located in the thorasic and abdominal areas of the body. but I agree, computers are great until the hamster at the power plant stops running. I will say this, whether it’s DoD spending or Sunday liquor sales in GA, I am open to discussing turning over “governing” to Watson and his (its?) ilk.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

February 16th, 2011
5:43 pm

Dudley

I’ll never forget that name….. I’m down with the resistance!!!

Paul

My bad. :oops:

Dusty

February 16th, 2011
5:43 pm

Woohoo PAUL & ADAM,

It is just an itty ditty billion but oh what a pretty one! Of course, I heard Sec. Gates explain that later the military might want something new and they might want some of that $$ returned.

Republicans did hate to give up what was JOBS for the folks at home. But we must start somewhere. Next up…Obama’s Health Care, rapid rail, and anything else that is not a life & death issue such as defense.. Tough times ahead for many reasons. Best get started on handling it.

Class of '98

February 16th, 2011
5:47 pm

Rutter’s and Jenning’s brains were alson busy seeing, hearing, balancing, digesting, circulating blood, breathing, feeling, and about a thousand other processes.

All Watson does is answer

Besides, it was obvious the humans knew many, if not most, but Watson always seemed to ring in first.

With the money IBM is paying for all of this, that is no surprise.

ty webb

February 16th, 2011
5:47 pm

Josef,
sorry, but they only have the test on 1 day each year. You have to register for it in advance. “Jeopardy” then e-mails you the day and time for your test(it’s different for each time zone). I think the test is in February each year( not sure because this was the first time I’ve taken it). You can go to Jeopardy.com for more information.

Joe the Plutocrat

February 16th, 2011
5:47 pm

SoCo, correct, but not to worry, I heard John Connor is slated to take on Watson. and of course, the original T-1000 is no longer governor of CA, so he’s available to “hast ala vista, baby”

Brent

February 16th, 2011
5:48 pm

In regards to the crashing, reports are coming out that it wasn’t Watson that crashed, but the interface between “him” and the Jeopardy computer.

ty webb

February 16th, 2011
5:51 pm

Josef,
I think they’re still having registration for the kids and college kids tests. Pass it on if you know of anyone who might want to do it.

AmVet

February 16th, 2011
5:51 pm

Rodrick, great post.

To me, one of the more interesting aspects of this competition is how some almost autonomically take up that tribal mentality we discussed earlier this week.

Go Humans!

Go machines!

I’m fairly ambivalent as I see this “Watson” as nothing more than what is certainly going to be coming at us faster and faster. BTW, there was a fantastic program on NOVA the other night about making things smarter and it briefly covered the topic of machine learning.

Technology is neutral. It can be used for great good. And it can be used for great evil.

Human beings, with consciences are the ultimate gods.

Paul

February 16th, 2011
5:52 pm

Dusty

“Republicans did hate to give up what was JOBS for the folks at home.”

Given that Spkr Boehner took all kinds of flak from the liberal blogosphere over his “if federal workers get cut, so be it” remark, and that Dems’ argument of the day against cuts is “it’ll cost jobs and slow the recovery”

It appears his cutting this program – that affects his state – was not bad, just looking at the politics of it.

TaxPayer

February 16th, 2011
5:52 pm

Yes, the human brain still is the reigning champion but the machine continues to close the gap and it will be a different world once the machine reaches the scale of the brain. You best hope we can maintain control over something that will never die and never need to sleep and that could be powered by a little ray of sunlight or whatever. Then again, maybe they’ll treat us better than our own kind do.

Paul

February 16th, 2011
5:53 pm

AmVet

“Human beings, with consciences”

I’ve actually met a couple in my lifetime -

RandyLan

February 16th, 2011
5:53 pm

I don’t mean to bust anyone’s bubble but humans lose in the end, regardless of Watson’s current defects.

In the past, computers and machines have lagged behind the knowledge work needed for a modern society. So while a word processor eliminated many manual typewriters, the fact remains that PCs need maintenance, upgrades, and of course, Microsoft always adds something to Word to keep everyone on the *paid for* license path.

And looking ahead, even advanced coding machines will require designers and user acceptance testers. And this is despite the fact that mountains of code could be self-generated.

Now, what’s different here is that once a set of software widgets can comprehend context, within frameworks of knowledge, the average worker will not be able to catch up. Realize, the number of creative R&D types is a lot less than those who implement the work. This is the case for many corporations, including IBM.

The problem with the Jeopardy Watson ‘bot is that it’s really the first generation of its kind and at the same time, the processing speeds of today’s supercomputers still lack the overall power for the contextual analysis required to make the decisions which appear to be mundane human-like. Once this issue is overcome, the marriage of self-generation/tuning and massive parallel computing could in fact make over half the white collar jobs redundant, within a generation. I don’t know when this time will come but it could be before the middle of the century.

And when they talk about medical diagnosis, as a potential app, I’d say that the *only* reason why many general internal medicine doctors will still be around is because of the A.M.A. The field is highly regulated and the final call (or referral to an MD specialist) has to be by a licensed MD professional, not a ‘bot. Otherwise, ‘bots and nursing assistants can tend to much of the case load before a human specialist is brought in. That’s a huge financial savings but it won’t be legally palatable.

Joe the Plutocrat

February 16th, 2011
5:54 pm

@@ “the big room” was probably a computer lab at IBM HQ (or if you believe SoCo, perhaps the NSA at Fort Meade, MD).

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
5:54 pm

ty

Thanks….

Scout…
Gotcha downstairs…

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
5:59 pm

JAY

In case you’re here, on that reading list we were talking about, make sure you include Karel Čapek!

Jay

February 16th, 2011
6:01 pm

Rodrick, Jennings addressed the buzzer issue in a Q&A with The Washington Post:

Q.
On last night’s show, I noticed you buzzing in even when you didn’t know the answer right away, taking a second after Alex called on you to finish reading the question and give an answer. In your opinion, is this the only way to beat Watson?

A.
Ken Jennings :

Good human players do this all the time: you buzz when you see something that trips some “This looks familiar!” switch in your brain and count on dredging it out in the five seconds after Alex calls on you.

Watson can’t do this: it only buzzes once it has an answer in mind and a sufficiently high confidence interval. As weird as it sounds, yes, the human brain still has a speed advantage over a 2,880-processor-core computer.”

RW-(the original)

February 16th, 2011
6:03 pm

And if it’s any consolation, witnesses who saw the contest in person say that the show took four hours to tape because Watson kept crashing.

They even programmed Watson to know the four corners offense?

Damn you Dean Smith!!!

Pogo

February 16th, 2011
6:04 pm

Beware of the so-called “Kill Switch” legislation that is being quitely tendered through the US Senate. On the surface it seems harmless and protective but it, like too many of our government’s laws, is way too open to their “interpretation”, depending upon the situation. As written, it open for abuse and the suppression of the free flow of information to the American people in an extreme time of crisis. If things really go to crap, the President will have the right to shut down the Net in order to control this country’s people. Read it yourself and make your own decision. Cybersecurity is the guise that they are hiding behind with this law. What it is really about is that when things get really bad in this country and the cities are aflame, so to speak, they want to be able to shut the internet to help control things. Is this right or wrong? Make your own decision on that one. Sadly, because of this country’s economical situation and our debt, the spectre of anarchy is real and our leaders know this. Thus they (Obama, Reid, Leiberman and the rest) are pushing for this open ended law.

sumozilla

February 16th, 2011
6:04 pm

Lost all respect for Jeopardy , won’t watch the final and may never watch again

Jay

February 16th, 2011
6:06 pm

Randy, I’m guessing that the natural-language, pattern-recognition and contextual capability would also make the technology useful for monitoring e-mail traffic, IMs, Facebook, etc,. both for commercial and security purposes.

TaxPayer

February 16th, 2011
6:06 pm

Jay @ 6:01,

And what about once the computer knows that all it needs is a few more milliseconds to dig out the answer. It could then always be first to the buzzer.

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
6:08 pm

POGO

Legitimate enough, the concerns, but the attempts to thwart Gutenberg’s contribution haven’t been very succesful…

BOB

February 16th, 2011
6:09 pm

I have a question for Watson. When you push the button…can you push it faster than a human?

If the fastest human can push the button in 1/10th second (guess).Were you (Watson) allowed to push the button faster than the fastest human?

The question you address is: you (Watson) resolve questions faster and more accurately than a human (cognitive)…not if you (Watson) can push the button faster.

I’m just hoping you tell me this was calculated in the contest.

After night one, what I noticed was you (Watson), when having high level of confidence blew the others away when going for the button. Please let me know. Thanks Watson.

Yours truly,

Jeopardy devotee

Jay

February 16th, 2011
6:10 pm

Ken Jennings answers Bob:

“As Jeopardy devotees know, if you’re trying to win on the show, the buzzer is all. On any given night, nearly all the contestants know nearly all the answers, so it’s just a matter of who masters buzzer rhythm the best.

Watson does have a big advantage in this regard, since it can knock out a microsecond-precise buzz every single time with little or no variation. Human reflexes can’t compete with computer circuits in this regard. But I wouldn’t call this unfair…precise timing just happens to be one thing computers are better at than we humans. It’s not like I think Watson should try buzzing in more erratically just to give homo sapiens a chance.”

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
6:11 pm

For my conservative friends ……… this one is halarious :

http://www.anncoulter.com/

AmVet

February 16th, 2011
6:12 pm

sumozilla, to quote Spock, “Fascinating”.

Resistance is futile! Rounds 1 and 2 in Jeopardy‘s man vs. machine stunt delivered the show’s biggest rating in years.

Monday’s episode featuring IBM’s computer Watson playing Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter had an 8.7 household rating, while Tuesday’s numbers climbed to a 9.5. That’s the best Jeopardy performance in nearly six years.

Spoiler alert: The computer kicked ass. Take that, human race!

The organic rebels will have one last chance to take down IBM’s Skynet tonight.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/02/16/jeopardy-ratings/?hpt=T2

getalife

February 16th, 2011
6:16 pm

The supreme court decided watson is a person.

Paul

February 16th, 2011
6:18 pm

“The supreme court decided watson is a person.”

and…. he offers Direct Deposit into campaign accounts!

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 16th, 2011
6:18 pm

Well, the good news is this Watson can’t drive a beer truck–yet. So let’s get rid of it before it learns. We can’t all be Norman Einsteins, you know. Some of us got to work for a living. Tho I would say the machine would do alot better job than some of the bloggers on here. We all know what they’re going to say.

Bruno

February 16th, 2011
6:18 pm

The machine that took on Kasparov, nicknamed Deep Blue, was impressive for its day. It could accurately analyze more than 100 million chess positions a second

The fact that a computer can defeat the world’s best chess player simply points to the limited nature of chess. Pit the world’s best computer vs even an average GO player, and the human will win every time. The reason is that a GO board is 19X19 while a chess boarod is only 8X8. In addition, the strategy involved in GO far surpasses that in chess. Defining what constitutes a “good” move is far more problematic in Go than chess.

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
6:21 pm

Adam

February 16th, 2011
6:22 pm

getalife: Johnny 5 is ALIVE!

sumozilla

February 16th, 2011
6:22 pm

I’m no dummy , i’m Mensan , but up against Brad and Ken i’d probably lose ,
I knew most of the answers and i’m sure they knew more , so did Watson , they just couldn’t buzz in quicker , didn’t seem to be fair , rigged in Watson’s favor .
I’ve also gotten tired of Alex

Jay

February 16th, 2011
6:22 pm

Here’s a little more info on the buzz-in question, which also answers some of my own questions about how Jeopardy functions among human contestants:

“Though Watson seemed to be running the round and beating Jennings and Rutter to the punch with its answers many times, Welty (who worked on the algorithms team during Watson’s development) insisted that Watson had no particular advantage in terms of buzzer speed.

Players can’t buzz in to give their questions until a light turns on after the answer is read, but Welty says that humans have the advantage of timing and rhythm.

“They’re not waiting for the light to come on,” Welty said; rather, the human players try to time their buzzer presses so that they’re coming in as close as possible to the light. Though Watson’s reaction times are faster than a human, Welty noted that Watson has to wait for the light. Dr. Adam Lally, another member of Watson’s team, noted that “Ken and Brad are really fast. They have to be.”

Welty also commented on Watson’s seemingly scattershot process of selecting squares on the board, saying it is similar to Jennings’ approach of Daily Double-hunting. “Jennings opened up starting to look for the Daily Double right away—that’s the style he plays—but Watson was doing the same thing. That’s why they were always selecting clues in the bottom three,” Welty said.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2011/02/creators-watson-has-no-speed-advantage-as-it-crushes-humans-in-jeopardy.ars

AmVet

February 16th, 2011
6:23 pm

getalife,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men, robots and corporatations are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Bruno

February 16th, 2011
6:23 pm

Pound for pound, we’re still by far the smartest thing ever to hit this planet, baby.

Easily. What “Watson” accomplished was a mere parlor trick in my book. The human brain monitors and controls the physiology of trillions of cells all at the same time and still has time to ponder the Great Mysteries of the Universe such as “Why are we here?”, “What makes women tick?”, and “Where in the heck did I put my car keys?”

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
6:24 pm

Questions…

Sooth…
Was Watson in control of those planes…?

Others…

Does Watson know where Obama was really born… ?

Jay

February 16th, 2011
6:26 pm

Bruno, I agree.

On the other hand, they said the same kind of thing about chess once computers started beating the checkers champions. And in time, the processing power caught up. Moore’s Law and all that.

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
6:28 pm

Headline: “Hawaii Approves Same-Sex Civil Unions”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZxPCph0Bug

Jay

February 16th, 2011
6:28 pm

Yeah, Josef, Sooth hasn’t returned since his one-day exile.

Bruno

February 16th, 2011
6:30 pm

For my money, the greatest Jeopardy champion ever was Eddie Timanus from Reston, Virginia. He won five times in a row and reached the semifinals in the Tournament of Champions. Not an overly impressive performance until you consider the fact that he is blind.

I’ve never written a fan letter to anyone before in my life, but I wrote one to Eddie.

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
6:31 pm

Bruno:

Why are we here?”

Because we’re not there.

“What makes women tick?”

The cardiac muscle.

“Where the heck did I put my car keys”

In a place you could remember easy

AmVet

February 16th, 2011
6:32 pm

BTW, the reason I refer to Watson as a robot is in honor of my 85 year old mom.

Who refers to the process of dealing with recorded voice prompts at the other end of the phone line as, “Talking to the robot.”

I just quietly laugh and figure it is probably hopeless to explain/dissuade her…

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
6:32 pm

Headline: “Government Spending Goes From Hero To Goat”

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t so very long ago that many economists and even some White House officials were talking about the need for more government spending to address the continued unemployment crisis and preclude a double-dip recession.

The idea, backed up by solid economic theory and decades of evidence, was that if the government spent more money, then at least in the short-run it would create jobs and stimulate growth.

But in today’s Washington, expressing that idea is enough to get you labeled an unserious person. White House and Republican leaders both insist that spending cuts are what the economy needs right now.”

Good grief ! And we elected these people …….. yes, conservative and liberal.

Bruno

February 16th, 2011
6:34 pm

Jay @ 6:22–Glad you cleared up the misinformation regarding how the buzzer works. Earlier you stated that players could buzz in before the other contestants fully heard/read the question.

As a younger man, I dreamed about appearing on Jeopardy, having been blessed/cursed with an eidetic memory. Many years of dedicated partying fixed that problem.

Sam

February 16th, 2011
6:34 pm

My computer can beat me at chess, but I can sure beat it at kick-boxing

getalife

February 16th, 2011
6:35 pm

That robot took alex’s job and the orange speaker said “So be it.”

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
6:35 pm

Headline: “Obama suggests ‘quiet’ debate”

Oh, NOW he wants it quiet ………………… well la de da !

“I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
“Don’t you think we’re not keeping score, brother?”
“Bring it on”
“Get ready for hand-to-hand combat with your fellow Americans”
“I want all Americans to get in each others’ faces!”
“You bring a knife to a fight pal, we’ll bring a gun”
“Republicans are our enemies”
“Hit back twice as hard.”
“We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick. “
Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
“It’s time to fight for it.”
Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
“I’m itching for a fight.”
“They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back”

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
6:35 pm

JAY

Sooth in exilia? I missed that…whaffor?

Jay

February 16th, 2011
6:37 pm

Just like Kevin Bacon in Diner, Bruno?

Bruno

February 16th, 2011
6:37 pm

josef @ 6:31–smart ass.

Jay

February 16th, 2011
6:38 pm

he got quite abusive toward other posters late one night, Josef.

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
6:38 pm

Bruno

Better a smart ass than a dumb ass! :-)

Jay

February 16th, 2011
6:40 pm

and Sam, that’s funny.

TaxPayer

February 16th, 2011
6:40 pm

Humans still have many key advantages over machines though. For one, they’re willing to accept work for minimum wage. What machine would process all the given data and deduce such an illogical outcome. The machine would simply go into a form of tilt as a result of not being able to talk itself out of a perpetual laugh.

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
6:40 pm

JAY
That’s why I missed it…don’t get to play much with the late night crew when school’s in session…

AmVet

February 16th, 2011
6:40 pm

Bruno @6:34, LOL!

I can relate.

BTW, cool word – I had to look it up. (Showoff…)

And Sam, I was thinking the same thing.

Let see what Deep Watson can bench press…

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
6:41 pm

Jay:

Someone called me a “focking idiot” the other night and you didn’t come to “my” rescue.

Bruno

February 16th, 2011
6:43 pm

Just like Kevin Bacon in Diner, Bruno?

I think the movie character I most closely identify with is Will Hunting from Good WIll Hunting. Hard for me to get through the scene when Robin William tells him “It’s not your fault”.

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
6:44 pm

Headline: “Angry Protests in Wisconsin as Cuts Loom”

“Thousands of protesters went to the governor’s office to protest some of the biggest cutback plans in the nation.”

Oh my goodness, look at the photo ………… it looks like Egypt !

http://www.nytimes.com/

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
6:45 pm

There’s one thing I can think of that Watson can’t do better than homo sapiens! F that come in about “it’s your mind…!” :-)

H. Mubarak

February 16th, 2011
6:46 pm

“…it takes a large roomful of networked and powerful computer servers,…”

Probably not for long. A laptop contains more computing power than a 1950s vintage mainframe computer that filled an entire room. Few years from now you’ll be able to put Watson in your shirt pocket.

Bruno

February 16th, 2011
6:46 pm

(Showoff…)

LOL.

TaxPayer

February 16th, 2011
6:47 pm

Someone called me a “focking idiot” the other night and you didn’t come to “my” rescue.

So, what did you learn from that experience. :smile:

josef nix

February 16th, 2011
6:47 pm

Scout…

“Angry Protests in Wisconsin as Cuts Loom”

The Luddites, I tell ya!

teacher

February 16th, 2011
6:50 pm

Now, if we can just figure out how to turn computers into “lifestyle brand” consumers…

Bud Wiser

February 16th, 2011
6:50 pm

And if it’s any consolation, witnesses who saw the contest in person say that the show took four hours to tape because Watson kept crashing.

– Jay Bookman

They must have been using Comcast as the provider.

Doggone/GA

February 16th, 2011
6:51 pm

“The Luddites, I tell ya!”

Yeah, no kidding. How DARE THEY want to keep their bargaining rights. They should just be glad they have a job.

Paul

February 16th, 2011
6:54 pm

TaxPayer

Zing!

TaxPayer

February 16th, 2011
6:57 pm

Computer healthcare would be a breeze. Memory chip failure rates are quite predictable and cost effective. Health insurance company computers could even link up with Intel directly and cut out the middle computer.

Jay

February 16th, 2011
6:58 pm

Sorry Scout:

I guess our natural language computer here doesn’t translate an English accent very well.

Paul

February 16th, 2011
7:01 pm

I, for one, think it’s kinda neat that a Marine’s calling for rescue from a…. journalist -

Jay

February 16th, 2011
7:02 pm

Leave no man behind, Paul.

TaxPayer

February 16th, 2011
7:04 pm

The burning question on my mind is will that low flying craft be detected.