One small step for man, one giant leap for Skynet…

NYTimes: Computer Wins on ‘Jeopardy!’: Trivial, It’s Not

Full story of the ominous victory

About nerdodyssey

A nerd among nerds.

Posted on February 18, 2011, in Mind Drippings, Nerd, Nerd Odyssey, Nerds, News, Television and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. AI is such a huge field it really depends on where you look! The majority of people are not working on general intelligence robots like you always see in Hollywood, instead it breaks down into lots of smaller tasks generally with useful real world applications like natural language processing, machine learning, computer vision etc. (although quite often areas overlap).

    We also suffer from the ‘moving goal posts’ issue. Ages ago people thought when we could program Chess we’d have achieved AI, then someone actually does it and everyone’s like ‘oh well that’s just mathematics’! Still is is brilliant to be part of such a young academic field where lots of discoveries are still to be made : )

    • Those are some interesting distinctions. If I recall, IBM’s Watson focuses on natural language processing, among other things.

      I wonder, would I be correct in assuming such research into natural language processing could also benefit voice recognition software as well? Having used such software over the years, I find them to have continually improved from where they were a decade ago.

      Though I made references to Skynet, for the sake of humor, I genuinely find this subject matter exciting, and look forward to seeing how the fruits of the intellectual labor being undertaken will impact society in positive ways in coming decades. These are truly a fascinating fields of study.

      The Proprietor

  2. As someone who did my BSc in computer science and artificial intelligent and is now studying intelligent systems for my MSc I feel fairly confident when I say we don’t have anything to worry about annnyyyy time soon : )

    On the other hand I would love to know how they programmed that thing!

    • Considering that Watson thought that Toronto was an appropriate answer for the category, “U.S. Cities”, I would have to agree.

      I’d be interested to know what some of the current academic literature on the state of Artificial Intelligence is… it’s the nerd in me. 🙂

      The Proprietor

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