One thing I noticed while watching Watson play Jeopardy!:
If the question was basically a "lookup", then Ken and Brad didn't stand a chance. If a question, however, involved some "roundabout" thinking, the boys often beat Watson. I don't remember a specific question per se, but a question something like "Is verifiable and sounds like the area above the horizon" might do. It was fascinating to watch Watson crank around potential answers, but one of the boys was usually right on it.
We haven't quite been replaced yet. It's TRUE!
because I have no idea what "Is verifiable and sounds like the area above the horizon" means.
Maybe that example was a bit convoluted. I couldn't remember a "real" example. TRUE (Sounds like "blue", right?). My bad, but my point was that the questions where you had to follow several trains of thought were where Ken and Brad kicked Watson's virtual butt.
Those needn't have spent all that time inventing a new game of chess. They should have challenged IBM to a game of Chessboxing.
Well, The other advantage Watson had was no synapse delay in pressing the button. If you built in a physical delay in pushing the button I'm not so sure the computer would have won.
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