Question: What Computer Can Kick Your Ass In Jeopardy? Answer: Watson

A TV first happened last night when Watson, an IBM supercomputer, took on two of the world’s best Jeopardy! players. And it did extremely well. Currently, Watson is tied for the lead in the first of three rounds. Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! airs tonight and tomorrow. Will Watson beat the Ken “74 wins in a row” Jennings or Brad “Biggest Money Winner” Rutter? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

Did you watch Jeopardy! last night? What do you think? Is this a sign that the computer is about to take over the world and humans will be used as a battery for the Matrix? I do find the engineering behind Watson to be beyond amazing. Making a computer that can understand human language well enough to play Jeopardy! is so beyond anything that IBM Deep Blue ever did.

While it would be cool to see Watson win Jeopardy!, I’m cheering for the human players. If Watson wins, I have a feeling that Skynet will be coming online and you know what that means!


59 thoughts on “Question: What Computer Can Kick Your Ass In Jeopardy? Answer: Watson”

  1. I love Jeopardy, I wonder if it could beat me?

    1. I’ll have to watch it tonight and see how well Watson does.

      1. d3so says:

        Yeah interesting. I wonder if the computer is connected to the internet. it’s sure to win 😉

        1. John Chow says:

          No, Watson is not connected to the Internet. But it does have 15TB of memory. LOL

          1. Mr Get Money says:

            yes, but will it blend?!?!

          2. How else could it process so quickly?

    2. Wow technology these days….

  2. It’s all about the algorithms. A computer understands what we learn it. We can however let it use databases so huge that humans think it’s smarter than us, but it’s just using the algorithms we thaught it combined with a larger database than our brain can handle. It’s not smarter, it’s just faster. Still pretty cool though.

    One thing I think is even more amazing is when they connect a rats brain with a computer. Doing so the brain can control the computer and learn from its mistakes. I once saw one of those machines learning to fly a flight simulator used by pilots. Now THAT’S amazing!

    Anyway, this proves that things are not impossible if we got our minds set on a goal. It’s just a matter of never giving up. Same goes for making money online.

    //Alexander.

    1. it only processes faster than us. I personally don’t think true artificial intelligence is possible.

      1. I think that true artificial intelligence has been around for a long time.

        What you probably meant was real intelligence which no machine can achieve.

        Machines like computers can do things much faster than our brains but all that they can do is what they were programmed to do and all that is based on memory.

        They react based on memory and formulas.

        1. If I may, I’ll piggyback on your response. No matter how clever the devices are that we hold in so much regard, i.e computers, i pad, smart phones, phoenix missile systems, the human condition has remained unchanged by any of these. I’ve published articles on morals and technology where I explore these topics. As for Watson the computer, I would say “cute” at best.

  3. Jimvesting says:

    Rumor is that Watson got a few questions wrong… one of which he repeated Ken’s answer (which was wrong), kind of embarrassing for the programmers. These clips reminded me a lot of the movie iRobot for some reason, haha.

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, I saw that. It was pretty funny. No human player would ever do that but since Watson can’t “hear” what the other players answered, I guess it can give the same wrong answer.

      1. If it were able to learn from what it hear it would be self-learning and then it would be on a whole new level of robotics.

        //Alexander.

        1. John Chow says:

          Watson is already somewhat self-learning. According to IBM, Watson can learn form pass mistakes and take corrective measure for future answers.

          1. d3so says:

            So it has the ability to adapt. Amazing how fast A.I. is growing.

          2. amazing …

            Would love to see these kind of features in pc as well. Though this will take I think 10 years.

          3. It will be some time before we see this kind of processing power in a PC and probably some huge bucks too.

      2. All it will take is a few adjustments to Watson’s systems work out these minor kinks.

    2. Michael Kwan says:

      It did get a few questions wrong (some of which were kind of odd, actually). Regarding the repeating of Ken’s response, Watson can’t hear, so it didn’t “know” that Ken responded the way that he did on the clue where they both responded with the 1920s.

      1. If Watson can’t hear, how is is getting the questions? By sight? By direct input?

  4. Dino Vedo says:

    Watson will win it!

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Yeah, Watson is awesome.

    2. Watson did win yesterday, but I don’t know if the whole competition is over yet.

      1. Jeopardy is largely a game based on memory which is why Watson can compete so well. Even though humans operate based on memory a big portion of their time there are other functions the brain is doing which no computer so far can do.

        1. PPC Ian says:

          That is very true. It’s hard to compete with the memory of a computer. Judgment, however, and learning is another thing completely.

  5. Ivin says:

    I shudder to think if the comp wins. But really? Don’;t you think it’s one of a kind? you need a pretty smart computer to do that. And he must be super-expensive. I still think computers can be extra human, but you still need humas to program them.

    Humans=1
    Computers = 0

    1. Yeh, as I said above, it takes humans to create the algorithms of how the computers should work. All computers are limited to what humans program them to and so far they are not really self learning if you do not ad animal tissue.

      I suggest you go watch this video on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QPiF4-iu6g
      There are plenty of them and it’s quite amazing. Cyborgs are reality, these robots can really learn and store the information in their neurons from a brain.

      //Alexander.

      1. Wild, that’s a freaky video dude.

  6. Karen Marrow says:

    John,

    Very interesting post. I will have to check it out!

    Karen

  7. PPC Ian says:

    Amazing stuff! It’s amazing what computers are capable of these days. Go Watson!

    1. yes in coming years we will be able to see more advanced and more competent technology.

      This is just the begining.

      What do you say ?

      1. It’s not actually the beginning, we’ve been working on computers for quite a long time now. My dad worked for IBM in the early 1960’s.

        1. PPC Ian says:

          Now, we just need a computer that will make money online for me while I sleep! 😉

  8. Camo Netting says:

    Cool, I was wondering when Watson would finally be ready. Looks like he’s ready for competition.

  9. this one is bit scary and remind me those hollywood movies where machine rule the world.

    1. might look scary now………………………..but i think gonna happen for sure

      1. It’s just scary from the standpoint that man can do all sorts of evil with technology such as this.

        1. Machines themselves won’t rule the world unless there are humans behind them.

          Machines don’t feel the need for power and aren’t overcome by greed and other emotions. They have none of them.

      2. Neon SRT4 says:

        Hmm, i am looking the same.

    2. Machines probably won’t rule the world, but they might help a dictator do it more efficiently.

  10. Hotdogman says:

    Watson kicked serious butt in night number 2! The success of this exercise is going to lead to massive investment and further development of artificial intelligence. Look for honest to God, just like in the movies, robots within the next ten years. I was reading an article about theraputic robots working with autistic kids and the developer has set a goal of ten years before the things are the price of a lap top!

    Terminator? Irobot? Hal9000? We’ll see. I’m investing in robotics companies after last night.

  11. i think watson sure can kick ass…..with 15tb of memory and ability to correct fr past mistakes,even without internet access he is uite better to do so…

  12. fas says:

    Watson is a loser, trying to compete with 15TB memory against human brain.

    1. How is Watson a loser? Maybe a billion dollars went into research to build it. It’s pretty sophisticated.

      1. Neon SRT4 says:

        I am not sure, if it took Billions of Dollars into Research?

    2. The thing here is not the amount of knowlede, it’s how the algothithms are constructed to sort our all the information and come up with an answer that fits a question that is not as straight forward as asking “what is the moon”.

      //Alexander.

  13. Allen Walker says:

    Technology is getting more sophisticated, but in the end it’s just technology. It will never be able to compete with the human mind, as long as people know how to hone their mental ability.
    IBM Deep Blue may have defeated Kasparov, world chess champion, but many people know that it was later also easily defeated by an average chess player who was a computer programmer and understood the algorithms used in Deep Blue. He won because he knew the flaws in computer thinking.

    1. Hi Allen,

      I like your arguments and feel also that no machine can rival humans as a whole unless the human race totally degenerates by doing nothing but eat and drink and watch TV or browse the internet.

  14. Neon SRT4 says:

    That is funny post man. How can watson becoming a loser?

  15. I can win Watson lol 😛

  16. ikki says:

    alienware is a good computer

  17. this is amazing, i find all the stuff about watson a bit funny.

  18. A computer program such as Watson is only as smart as its programmer. If said programmer fails to provide the information that the computer needed to answer a question, the computer wasn’t wrong, the programmer was.

  19. ibnujusup says:

    artificial intelligent… kind a scary..go watson

  20. Oh my, Watson is amazing! But it can be scary too because they may replace even employment. Maybe they can do entertaining things instead of making them replace the workforce.

  21. This is Excellent Video. I love the Video.

  22. I am not so sure I am that thrilled that a computer can think like a human being – they are always going to be better at it than us, lol – I guess i watch too many movies with that as a central theme 🙂

    Peter

  23. anitha says:

    Its not an human to think that much its an machine it will display the result what we are subscribing

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