Exciting times for machine learning and artificial intelligence fans: IBM’s Watson computer versus two of the flesh bound starting tonight, Feb 14, 2011, on the game show Jeopardy. And not just any humans, I guess, but Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter (I suppose the latter is less known to non-Jeopardy fanatics.) Too bad they aren’t competing against Seth Lloyd (someone have a link to the game show Seth won?) Here is a nice Nova special on the machine and the challenge. I sure hope Arnold Schwarzenegger is in the audience so he can tell us whether Watson is a good Terminator or a bad Terminator.
Update: Here is an amusing curmudgeonly discussion of Watson by Noam Chomsky. Don’t worry Noam, I’m sure Watson won’t feel sad about all your mean words 🙂