Who is Watson?
So, it’s official. We are peons. (Wait a second… Haven’t we always been?) The super-computer schooled us fleshy folk in the thing they call “Jeopardy.” Have a look:
That clip actually came from a practice round but you get the idea…
As it has been explained to me, the computer did so well because of it’s (super-secret) ability to parse data–TONS of data–and, then find pluck out the relevant strand. This ability differs from how humans usually interpret situations; we are great at seeing haystacks, but when we need to find the needles it takes us a while. Sometimes, we even need to talk it through :).
And, I’ve got the ability to dream. To feel. To love.
I think even though he lost the game Ken Jennings was right to say “bet on humanity.”*
*Now with robot processing options :p