Tag Archives: computing

Where in the world is “Watson”?

Where else? “But let’s get down to the clue lev­el: What’s the most com­mon answer on Jeop­ardy? That would be ‘What is Aus­tralia?’ That response appears in J-Archive 208 times, out of 197,736 total answers—to clues as diverse as ‘In terms of rain­fall, it’s the dri­est con­ti­nent after Antarc­ti­ca’ and ‘The over­arm ‘crawl’ swim­ming stroke […]

Elementary “Watson”

The IBM project that this week led to a spec­tac­u­lar demon­stra­tion of machine Ques­tion Answer­ing (yet anoth­er “QA” acronym) has a lot of seri­ous com­put­ing sci­ence behind it. Much of that technology—although none of the tech­niques, naturally—is lucid­ly explained in a recent arti­cle in AI Mag­a­zine. The over­ar­ch­ing prin­ci­ples in Deep­QA are mas­sive par­al­lelism, many […]