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IBM Watson on Jeopardy

Discussion in 'Non-Moto' started by Scotty810, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Scotty810

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    Anyone see Jeopardy this week? Monday-Wednesday they have that IBM computer competing against Ken Jennings and another Jeopardy champ. Pretty amazing stuff. I can't believe how fast that thing can go through data.
     
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    what is "leg"
     
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    it had some funny answers sometimes. but was pretty crazy. its gonna end up like some movies where computers are too smart and over take humans.
     
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    I missed the first day so I dont know much about how it works. How does it know what question is being asked? Is it connected to the main system where the questions are stored and when a certain question is selected it tries to answer?

    I didnt get a chance to learn about it.
     
  5. Scotty810

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    Yeah it's fed the question electronically at the same time Alex reads it. It can't hear or read the screen like the humans do. They didn't really talk about the exact timing of it though. It sure seems like the computer rings in at the exact moment Alex stops reading. It's like the humans can't match the quickness of buzzing in.
     
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    I had a feeling it was done that way but wasnt sure if maybe they had invented something awesome enough to understand alex reading it, and then prosessing the question like a human.
     
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    I read where it says the longer the question the better chance the live person has to answer first.
     
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    I need to find me a Union nursing job to avoid this: "Meanwhile, having won on Jeopardy, Watson is getting a job in a hospital." Watson works for free. Ay yi yi. I would rather depend on human intelligence than A.I., if this thing can make judgements and learn more about topics the computer itself is interested in....then whose to say that this computer can't say "Oh hey, for the betterment of human kind, we should let this person die and falsely diagnose this person as healthy."

    In theory, that computer could decide things like that. Kind of scary if you ask me. And i'm sure some people are stupid enough to trust it completely and send sick people home as healthy.

    Obama will love this thing!
     
  10. Scotty810

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    I think thats being a little paranoid. I agree, you have to draw a line somwehere, and completely relying on Watson wouldn't make for good healthcare. But at the same time, isn't it true that we need to give doctors and nurses the best tools possible to do their jobs? I don't think Watson becomes a decision maker, but simply a faster avenue for getting information and allowing humans to make decisions. Right?
     
  11. GeorgiePorgie

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    What happened to old fashioned studying and hard work? I went to school for that crap, why are you asking a machine that has the ability to make decisions. The best tool for healthcare is experience experience experience. Everybody gets flu symptoms it seems for simple and complex health problems.

    I think it should be left to humans personally.
     
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    In the end you are leaving it to the humans. It's like using a calculater on a math test. If you punch in the right numbers for a long problem, you will get the answer right every time. But by not using it, you waste time and may not finish the test and could run out of time. It's still the human doing the work, just with a computer helping it... plus the computer was built by... NONE OTHER THEN: yep you guessed it, HUMANS!

    So, in the begining there was man, and in the end there was man. But in between there was man being helped by computer.

    By the way, you went to school for that crap? I'm sure all those doctors that want the help from a super smart computer did too... not sure but just saying..
     
  14. Scotty810

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    Yeah that's exactly what I am saying. Sure, hard work and studying helps, but why not use every available tool at the same time?
     

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