The way I see it, Watson had the advantage in response time. If it had been
programmed to allow a delay of the time it takes a human to press the button,
after recognition of the answer, the contest would have been more fair.The humans probably knew most of the answers, but couldn't presss the button
faster than electricity could trigger a response. I think it was
really a contest between the speed of electricity in computer circuits and the
speed of human neuological and physical response and reaction to input -- not a
contest of knowledge. There's no way the humans could have beat the
speed of electricity, even if the computer recognized the answer nanoseconds
after the humans did.
My problem with the show was that it was setup for the machine to win.It emphasized the area that machines excelled at... and humans are notoriously
not so good at (speed of data retrieval).The game also penalizes for
being wrong... and for the machine everything is binary right-or-wrong... so it
would not buzz in when it had a HUNCH that it knew the answer... thus avoiding
the tendency to get points/money taken away (which is what dooms most Jeopardy
contestants when the competition is tough).Getting the edge in this
game sometimes requires going with your hunches... but computers don't have
hunches. They wither know the answer or they don't. When the competition gets
hot and forces you to go with more hunches... the humans have a distinct
disadvantage because they will have a tendency to guess (the computer never
guesses, and never feels the heat of the competition... so it won't tend loose
points on guesses like a human).It was interesting entertainment,
but in the end irrelevant to real_life.Ask_HAL_how_he_feels_about_puppies... or to identify the smell of spring
flowers or the sound of rustling leaves.... not his advantage.
I thought it was really fascinating how Watson was able to answer some of the
wordplay questions as well as the purely fact-based ones. That, for me, was the
real accomplishment. It was not terribly impressive that Watson was
able to buzz in faster than its human counterparts. It's no secret that
machines have faster reflexes than people do. It wasn't "smarter"
than Ken or Brad, either, just faster. It would have been mind-blowingly
amazing if Watson had been able to respond to the verbal cues, rather than
receiving the questions in text format.And, like someone said
before, it was CLEARLY a three-day infomercial for IBM. Especially when they
kept flashing the camera on the smug executives applauding in the audience.
They knew dang well that Watson would win this tournament convincingly,
otherwise they never would have agreed to it. They made sure the deck was
stacked in their favor so they wouldn't lose any face on national television.Still, it was fun to see Ken behind the podium again. He manages to be
incredibly smart and funny without being a complete ODDBALL like Brad Rutter.
boring. not fun to watch.....a real dud
Humans can love, show compassion, and repent. I think we still have the most
important bases covered. I'm glad my car can get down the road faster than I
can on foot. Let the machines do some things faster.
I thought the show was an infomercial for IBM. Sad really.You can't call
it a fair fight.First of all, let's limit Watson to 200 pounds of gear.Then, make it get input from the stage cues, just like the others.1)
Recognize that it is question time.2) LOOK at the question.3) Listen
to the question.4) THEN search for an answer.It was spoon-fed the
questions and had a quick response time. Nothing new was displayed after the
Maybe the University of Utah can hire Watson as their next Basketball coach..
the team has a lot of questions that need to be answered.
Watson 1.0 is not a threat to top-tier human intellects. But what about the
other 90% of We The People?