Smartest Machine on Earth

Smartest Machine on Earth

Can A Computer Win on Jeopardy!?

DVD - 2011
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Augmenting human intelligence is a lot tougher than it looks, but scientists are edging closer with machines like 'Watson,' an IBM computing system that is gearing up to compete on the game show Jeopardy!, taking on Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, two of the show's most successful and celebrated contestants of all time. This program is an updated version of the original broadcast, with additional content added.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, c2011
ISBN: 9781608834174
Branch Call Number: 006.3 SMARTEST
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Nova (Television program)


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Mar 05, 2015

Since the name of the computer is Watson-named after the creator of IBM, I thought I might present some issues that require an answer in the form of a question.
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Punch cards would enable the entire Reich to go on a war footing. For IBM,
it was a bonanza.
9. Proofing machines tabulated and verified proper punching for
more than 15,000 cards per hour.s>
When Jews were discovered within the population, a special "Jewish
counting card" recorded the place of birth. These Jewish counting cards
were processed separately
10. Coding and indexing-For many clerks and doctors, coding was a new procedure. Various
editions of Hollerith Nachrichten tutored readers on the proper method of
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sors to code Special Characteristics in the several columns field 12. Anti-
social was to be coded 1 in one column. In a second column, diseases
such as blindness were coded 1. Mental disease was 2. Cripples were 3. Deaf
people were 5. Parents who had already been sterilized were to be noted
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Dec 06, 2013

This is a 2011 55-minute documentary produced for PBS TV program---an updated version of the original broadcast with additional content added.
With a brain the size of 2,400 home computers and a database of about 10 million documents, this smartest computer on Earth called "Watson"
competes with two of the JEOPADY!-show's most succsessful contestants.
Win or lose, the difficulty of mimicking the human thought process with software is showing artificial intelligence reseachers that
there's more than one way to be intelligent.
It is a quite interesting and thought-provoking documentary.

Veepea Oct 19, 2013

This was a really interesting documentary, it examines what intelligence is, as well as the challenges the creators of Watson faced while making a computer that could play on Jeopardy!


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