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Cadmium Polyphony
02-10-2011, 02:05 AM
Watson (http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/01/ibm-watson-jeopardy/) will appear on Jeopardy February 14th, 15th, and 16th. Give a sh*t. This is kind of awesome.

UsakoLuna
02-10-2011, 02:08 AM
I can't wait for Watson.

rubyspitfire
02-10-2011, 02:10 AM
wow. i will have to watch this!

edit: i WILL be at my mom's, mooching dinner and watching this :P

Rinoa07
02-10-2011, 02:11 AM
I'll probably watch it Tuesday and Wednesday, if I'm not working. Monday is Valentine's Day and I'll probably be out...that or watching RAW.

Volnixshin
02-10-2011, 02:38 AM
Yeah, I do not have a TV

Eau de Decus
02-10-2011, 04:07 AM
Now this is something interesting on TV for a change!

Kell-chan
02-10-2011, 04:40 AM
Yeah, I just kind of love that they named it Watson.

I don't care why, only that it's the name. <3

Eurobeat King
02-10-2011, 04:42 AM
Too busy working that week and preparing for Katsucon to give a shit. :razz: (no censor needed.)

penny_dreadful
02-10-2011, 09:40 AM
Will Watson finally prove Alex Trebek is a robot?

Flora88
02-10-2011, 09:56 AM
Alex Trebek needs his mustache back.

Cadmium Polyphony
02-10-2011, 11:02 PM
Alex Trebek needs his mustache back.

He does look a bit younger without it, which was probably his intention.

UsakoLuna
02-10-2011, 11:05 PM
Kebert Xela is an alien

Cadmium Polyphony
02-10-2011, 11:08 PM
Kebert Xela is an alien

I always thought that was just the Mirror Universe version of Trebek, with a goatee.

glitter bomb
02-10-2011, 11:15 PM
this is when the robot craze has gone too far. we've had nightmare-inducing hugging robots and robots that take 20 minutes to knot your tie. I draw the line at robots that do your leisure time activities for you.

why do we need a robot that can play games in your place? this is how the robot rebellion starts, people. one day they're playing Jeopardy and the next day you wake up in a tower of human batteries.

UsakoLuna
02-10-2011, 11:16 PM
Sorry, I messed up my old SNL reference, saying Alex Trebek backwards (Kebert Xela) is the only way to send him back to his home dimension, not his actual name. *hides in shame*

DireKitty
02-10-2011, 11:16 PM
Yeah, I do not have a TV

You can come to my place, we will have pie.

Archangelz
02-11-2011, 12:11 AM
The machines are rising up! Don't be fooled for entertainment purposes!!! BEWARE!http://www.greenbookblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/DangerWillRobinson.jpg

rubyspitfire
02-11-2011, 12:50 AM
this is when the robot craze has gone too far. we've had nightmare-inducing hugging robots and robots that take 20 minutes to knot your tie. I draw the line at robots that do your leisure time activities for you.

why do we need a robot that can play games in your place? this is how the robot rebellion starts, people. one day they're playing Jeopardy and the next day you wake up in a tower of human batteries.

someone has watched the matrix too much

toshirua3846384
02-11-2011, 12:57 AM
Watson (http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/01/ibm-watson-jeopardy/) will appear on Jeopardy February 14th, 15th, and 16th. Give a sh*t. This is kind of awesome.

kurzweil featured a article about this, it has sparked some interest. However im trying to prepare for the many horrid rants from common folk saying how it really isn't fair.

Shana05
02-11-2011, 02:00 AM
My parents have been watching Jeopardy a lot lately. Today I knew the answer to a question thanks to Hetalia.

penny_dreadful
02-11-2011, 12:16 PM
I can really only accept Watson if it answers a la Sean Connery on the SNL Celebrity Jeopardy sketches.

Jia Jem
02-11-2011, 01:31 PM
OH SNAP. This looks amazing! It's pretty sad. Just like my parents, I am so behind on the technology. I don't have a TV. So I asked my mom to tape it for me. Yup. VHS tape. Kind of ironic considering the circumstances...

glitter bomb
02-11-2011, 03:15 PM
someone has watched the matrix too much
so you say now. but you'll think differently when you're welcoming your robot overlords and your laptop is screaming for the blood of Sarah Connor.

I can really only accept Watson if it answers a la Sean Connery on the SNL Celebrity Jeopardy sketches.
that should be a mandatory requirement. ;)

OH SNAP. This looks amazing! It's pretty sad. Just like my parents, I am so behind on the technology. I don't have a TV. So I asked my mom to tape it for me. Yup. VHS tape. Kind of ironic considering the circumstances...
a-w-e-s-o-m-e :bigtu: I too am part of the ironic technology club.

Shuko
02-11-2011, 04:19 PM
Although I love that it's going to be making its debut in Jeopardy! (yay! My favorite game show!), I am more excited about the possibilities this kind of technology has for our future. I don't ever want to see the human element entirely taken out of things like medicine or homeland defense, or ANYTHING that affects everyone's lives on a day to day basis, but by God, I can't wait to see a video game adversary that can think like a human and strategize against your strategy like a human can. :D

Communication is the first step toward that aim. From the sound of things, Watson is on a communicative level far beyond anything I've ever heard of before. He can decipher vocal speech in varying patterns (although it might just be in Alex Trebek's patterns... who knows?), read context and meaning, and process it to perform a task - which in this case is finding the answer (or should I say, question) that is required in his response. It's downright beautiful, and I have to give the guys at IBM some real props for their hard work.

It's just too bad it takes so much computing power to do it, though. It's a real testament to the reasoning faculties of the human brain, I can tell you that. ;) Computer processors are fashioned after human brains in many ways, and the ways in which they communicate with other parts of the computer are very related to the ways similar things work in the human nervous system. It's not inconceivable that such mechanical workings could some day be streamlined down into something comparable in size and... dare I say it... capacity and function as a human being. Wouldn't that be something?

glitter bomb
02-11-2011, 04:30 PM
@Shuko, oh sure, post all intelligent and thoughtful on the subject, why don't you. ;)

Shuko
02-11-2011, 05:08 PM
@Shuko, oh sure, post all intelligent and thoughtful on the subject, why don't you. ;)It was an accident! D: I didn't mean to! It just slipped out!

Aw man... now people are going to actually expect me to be more than a vacuous, inept dingbat. :( I don't need that kind of responsibility, man!

This can be our little secret, k? =3

Although it's nice of you to say, I think the descriptive words you were looking for were "verbose," "long-winded," and perhaps a smidgen of "pretentious." xD

glitter bomb
02-11-2011, 05:19 PM
It was an accident! D: I didn't mean to! It just slipped out!

Aw man... now people are going to actually expect me to be more than a vacuous, inept dingbat. :( I don't need that kind of responsibility, man!

This can be our little secret, k? =3
ok. I understand the pressure that occurs when spontaneous intelligence involuntarily spews out. we'll let it slide and give you a free pass. ;)

Although it's nice of you to say, I think the descriptive words you were looking for were "verbose," "long-winded," and perhaps a smidgen of "pretentious." xD
nope. and your use of dictionary words there don't help your case. ;) :toothy:

Cadmium Polyphony
02-11-2011, 07:03 PM
I can really only accept Watson if it answers a la Sean Connery on the SNL Celebrity Jeopardy sketches.

On the topic of misusing the word 'therapist', I picked up a book yesterday that I thought said "Jesus: the greatest rapist who ever lived" before realizing my thumb was conveniently covering 'the' in the word.

Shuko
02-11-2011, 11:38 PM
On the topic of misusing the word 'therapist', I picked up a book yesterday that I thought said "Jesus: the greatest rapist who ever lived" before realizing my thumb was conveniently covering 'the' in the word.

Yes. And we all know how the pen_is mightier than the sword...

The pen_is in one's pants, you see.


...


Octopushy?


Lol... that category always reminded me of the old web site "penisland.com". It was a sales site for pens... oh, how they rued that domain name choice. xD

rubyspitfire
02-12-2011, 12:48 PM
so you say now. but you'll think differently when you're welcoming your robot overlords and your laptop is screaming for the blood of Sarah Connor.

by then i'll be a hermit who lives 15 miles out of town with no computer, no internet, at least two massive dogs and a shotgun that will blow a dinner plate-sized hole through the side of anything less than a tank :toothy:

DireKitty
02-13-2011, 03:47 PM
by then i'll be a hermit who lives 15 miles out of town with no computer, no internet, at least two massive dogs and a shotgun that will blow a dinner plate-sized hole through the side of anything less than a tank :toothy:

Same here, i'll live on a farm... and i'll have had a horrible accident with radioactive materials... and i'll have special super powers.

Shuko
02-14-2011, 09:36 AM
by then i'll be a hermit who lives 15 miles out of town with no computer, no internet, at least two massive dogs and a shotgun that will blow a dinner plate-sized hole through the side of anything less than a tank :toothy:
I can't help but think that in many horror and monster movies, it's the crotchety old recluse of a man who lives with his dog and his gun who is one of the first ones eaten, squished, dissolved, etc. xD

rubyspitfire
02-14-2011, 12:49 PM
oh i was actually serious. even though i'm originally from a pretty big city i'm starting to hate living in town. so much has changed in the last 10 years... either that or i'm just aging really fast

the dogs will be to deter any unwelcome visitors, and if they're either too stupid or there really are zombies, that's what the gun will be for. also, there are large animals (even a cougar) out where i've been considering moving. the dogs will help with that too

Jia Jem
02-14-2011, 02:07 PM
...do you think he has something special to say if he wins? WHAT SHOULD IT BE?

Trebek: And the winner today is Watson!
Watson: ???

Cadmium Polyphony
02-14-2011, 02:08 PM
...do you think he has something special to say if he wins? WHAT SHOULD IT BE

A human soul.

Or a human heart.

DireKitty
02-14-2011, 02:30 PM
oh i was actually serious. even though i'm originally from a pretty big city i'm starting to hate living in town. so much has changed in the last 10 years... either that or i'm just aging really fast

the dogs will be to deter any unwelcome visitors, and if they're either too stupid or there really are zombies, that's what the gun will be for. also, there are large animals (even a cougar) out where i've been considering moving. the dogs will help with that too

I'll join you. I already have a dog. It's not that big, but it's really fast and can catch rabbits. Or eat their poop, it can do that too.

penny_dreadful
02-14-2011, 02:46 PM
Just found out a friend of mine (an IBM employee) worked on some of Watson's software. I'm special by association, right?

I hope if Watson wins, he blows up the other contestants with a laser beam and then commands everyone in the studio to assimilate or be destroyed.

No, I don't really hope that. I'm sure the other contestants are very nice people.

But if they're not... laser beam.

rubyspitfire
02-14-2011, 05:04 PM
Just found out a friend of mine (an IBM employee) worked on some of Watson's software. I'm special by association, right?

that's actually pretty cool!

penny_dreadful
02-14-2011, 06:58 PM
IT'S ALMOST TIME, GUYS.

I'm jiggling my foot waiting for the news to be over so I can watch Trebek battle a robot.

sam vimes
02-14-2011, 07:27 PM
So what happened? The suspense is irritating me.

Or should we not spoil it for our friends in different time zones?

Angathol
02-14-2011, 07:32 PM
I never thought I'd see Ken Jennings' smug face again.

Watson can't talk? I was looking forward to some kind of HAL voice saying "SUCK IT, TREBEK"

Aearon
02-14-2011, 07:34 PM
O.oa He talked.

Angathol
02-14-2011, 07:40 PM
I stand corrected; could've sworn the intro said he couldn't speak, but they haven't really begun yet in my time zone.

Oh god, he does kind of sound like HAL. I just got a chill. SCARY.

UsakoLuna
02-14-2011, 07:50 PM
Oh my gods! This so cool!

sam vimes
02-14-2011, 07:51 PM
I've not seen it yet, but the Luddite in me wants to smack Watson with an axe.

penny_dreadful
02-14-2011, 08:15 PM
That was way more intense than I was expecting it to be.

rubyspitfire
02-15-2011, 12:25 AM
for some reason, my local channels do not show jeopardy anymore. when did this happen?? anyone have a link for streaming?

Jia Jem
02-15-2011, 08:17 PM
For those who don't know, there was a 1 hour PBS special on NOVA about the creation of Watson that you can watch on their website:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/smartest-machine-on-earth.html

Tonight the producers of the show were online answering questions live, and they'll be on tomorrow night as well, around 7pm ET.

UsakoLuna
02-15-2011, 08:46 PM
I loved his daily double and final jeopardy wagers.

Shuko
02-16-2011, 10:38 AM
I feel cheated that he's not responding to vocal cues, but instead to text input streams. :x Sure, what they've got him doing now is darned impressive, but I was so looking forward to seeing a computer that hears Trebek's words and takes THAT as his input. T_T

Oh well. I'm glad that for once, Ken Jennings is no longer qualified to call Jeopardy a "children's show" like he did in '04 when he finally lost. Suck Watson's output buffer, you self-satisfied jerk! :D

Jia Jem
02-16-2011, 03:19 PM
I feel cheated that he's not responding to vocal cues, but instead to text input streams. :x Sure, what they've got him doing now is darned impressive, but I was so looking forward to seeing a computer that hears Trebek's words and takes THAT as his input. T_T

I thought the same thing. Also, the producers said that the competition took 4 hours to tape because he kept crashing and they had to keep stopping to fix him. Poor Watson. :lost:

Shuko
02-16-2011, 04:02 PM
I thought the same thing. Also, the producers said that the competition took 4 hours to tape because he kept crashing and they had to keep stopping to fix him. Poor Watson. :lost:
I say he got stage fright. :p He got lost in the glitz and glam of hollywood, and it all went to his CPU(s). xD

Shuko
02-22-2011, 05:09 PM
Sorry to bump this, but a friend forwarded this picture (attached) to me yesterday, and I could not stop laughing. If any of you are tech-savvy at all, you'll probably get this, but if not, here is a spoiler to explain the joke. :3

Watson chose the correct response, and in doing so, he wiped his own hard drive and crashed xD.

Arc_The_Lad
02-23-2011, 05:40 AM
Yes lets treat machines like humans, I'm sure this won't have a negative outcome. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peqEf5enXJs&)