18 Apr '11, 3am
New blog post: Jeopardy: Human vs Machine
I’m not a fan of Jeopardy. But a (not so) recent exhibition match caught my attention. It’s a match between IBM’s super computer Watson and 2 of the best Jeopardy human contestants ever, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Imagine IBM’s Deep Blue vs chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov . Except this time, the game is Jeopardy. Watson is a question answering (QA) computing system. IBM describes it as an application of advanced Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and Machine Learning technologies to the field of open domain question answering which is built on IBM’s DeepQA technology for hypothesis generation, massive evidence gathering, analysis, and scoring. Watson is made up of a cluster of 90 IBM Power 750 servers (plus additional I/O, network and cluster controller nodes in 10 racks) with a total of 2880 POWER7 processor cor...