Jeopardy Watson IBM challenge

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I had heard about the Jeopardy Watson challenge before, but it didn’t sink in until I saw a recent post by Joe Hall and his point about the new ways of information retrieval that are upon us.

To gain a little insight into what is in store for humanity, check out the IBM YouTube post:

Click to View Watson Trailer

The Watson Jeopardy episode airs February 14th.

IBM’s Watson brings to mind a science fiction story by Terry Bisson:


“They’re made out of meat.”


“Meat. They’re made out of meat.”


“There’s no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They’re completely meat.”

“That’s impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?”

“They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don’t come from them. The signals come from machines.”

“So who made the machines? That’s who we want to contact.”

They made the machines. That’s what I’m trying to tell you. Meat made the machines.”

“That’s ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You’re asking me to believe in sentient meat?”