For the last three years, I.B.M. scientists have been developing what they expect will be the world’s most advanced “question answering” machine, able to understand a question posed in everyday human elocution — “natural language,” as computer scientists call it — and respond with a precise, factual answer. In other words, it must do more than what search engines like Google and Bing do, which is merely point to a document where you might find the answer. It has to pluck out the correct answer itself.That's right - the computers have taken Jeopardy and have their sights clearly set on taking over major corporations like Google and Microsoft. Let me be the first to say that I, for one, welcome our new supercomputer overlords.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
From the New York Times: