Instrumented Interconnecteds Intelligent

ibmwatsonFrom a drama point of view, the first episode featuring IBM’s Watson computer competing on Jeopardy! couldn’t have been better. The producers broke the first game into two pieces so they could give viewers a taste of the Watson back story on day one. So the first episode ended with a Single Jeopardy! score: Watson $5000; Brad Rutter $5000; Ken Jennings $2000. Cliff hanger!

At the beginning of the game, Watson got off to a fast start, crisply answering questions about Beatles songs and literary characters. He got the first Daily Double with his answer of  “Hyde”–identifying the evil character in the Robert Louis Stevenson book The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

The humans came back in the second segment, beating Watson to the buzzer on a couple of questions that the machine knew the answers to but wasn’t quick enough to get a shot at answering. Watson showed some panache with his valiant attempt to pronounce the name of the character Jean Valjean, from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, with a French accent.

Those of you who watched the contest: What did you think?

dfOne of  Watson’s misses highlighted how difficult it is for a machine to play Jeopardy! The category was Olympic Oddities:  “It was the anatomical oddity of US gymnist George Eyser who won a gold medal on the parallel bars in 1904.” Ken Jennings said “arm” and was wrong. Watson said “leg,” but host Alex Trebek ruled him incorrect because he didn’t say the gymnast’s leg was missing.

During a viewing of the tape of the show earlier today, David Ferrucci, the IBM manager who heads up the Watson project, explained that Jeopardy! is an enormously broad domain of knowledge, and some of the classifications are pretty vague. In this case, the computer very likely didn’t understand what an “oddity” is. “The computer wouldn’t know that a missing leg is odder than anything else,” said Ferrucci. Still, over time, by reading more material and playing more games, Watson could come to understand. (Would he be able to understand that he is an oddity, I wonder.)

All in all, Ferrucci was pleased with the outcome of the first day. “I had a good feeling at the end of the first show,” he said. “I thought: Everybody will realize the computer is competitive. It can play with champions. It answered some tough questions.”

Bookmark and Share

Previous post

Next post

38 Comments
 
October 11, 2014
1:59 am

Very descriptive blog, I liked that a lot. Will there be a part 2?


Posted by: Http://Www.Storenvy.Com/Rochellitajzur
 
August 12, 2014
5:51 pm

Has anyone considered that even hockey can make entertainment news as
lively as Cricket. s nickname, younger crowd gained a cult
status of sorts because suspected man behind the mask worn from the character Brian Wilson who was identified as.
But you will find some people that good news sites listed road just isn’t smooth.


Posted by: http://droidbuster.com
 
August 4, 2014
5:05 am

The result: Wisconsin Medicaid officials found the necessary changes while using following positive
effects:. Hindi Jokes will also be another way of entertainment and individuals love you just read these jokes and tell their family in order that they can relax in free mind
and with no stress. The only way these are going to do which is if they enjoyed the original post I
listed in Digg.


Posted by: http://2L4.us/
 
August 2, 2014
6:41 am

Get another perspective to raise the value of your respective local news in DC.
The huge recognition that it has gathered helping out the big enterprise as well as
SMEs worldwide has in the company a large success.
In fact, my day doesn’t officially start until I walk on the end of my driveway to retrieve the paper (occasionally from
within a bush).


Posted by: areas
 
June 25, 2014
1:59 pm

I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I’m now
not positive whether or not this submit is written via him as
no one else recognise such distinct approximately my trouble.
You’re amazing! Thank you!


Posted by: smokeless cigarettes pregnancy
 
June 12, 2014
10:51 am

does median mean average


Posted by: http://designshack.net/member/romonahohney
 
June 12, 2014
3:21 am

満州矢追純一・モルモン飛鳥昭雄・ハローバイバイ関・ムー・スピリチュアリスト   ウリは知能自慢ニダ。 
ヴィトン、アルマーニとわけのわからない安物輸入品のキャバドレスの それが素晴らしい物であったら素直に賞賛してやろう。暖かい拍手も送ろう。
センスマニアならそれっぽいのいっぱいあるけど値段が高い


Posted by: scriptogr.Am
 
April 26, 2014
3:39 am

Hello there, You’ve done an excellent job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this website.


Posted by: manual traffic exchanges,manual traffic exchange script,free manual traffic exchange,best manual traffic exchanges,top manual traffic exchanges,manual traffic exchange for sale,
 
April 19, 2014
4:30 pm

Have you ever considered creating an e-book or
gues auuthoring on other sites? I have a blog centred on thee same information you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information.

I kow my viewers would enjoy your work. If you’re even
rdmotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.


Posted by: buy get more twitter followers instantly
 
April 19, 2014
12:33 pm

My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different page and
thought I might as well check things out.
I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to checking out your web page for a
second time.


Posted by: SketchUp Pro 2014 14.0 License
 
December 29, 2013
6:31 pm

I seldom drop responses, but i did some searching and wound up here Watson on Jeopardy!
Day One: Man vs. Machine for Global Bragging Rights


Posted by: Bella
 
December 26, 2013
1:53 am

I think that what you published made a lot of sense.

But, what about this? suppose you added a little information?
I am not suggesting your information isn’t solid, however what if you added a title that makes people desire more?
I mean Watson on Jeopardy! Day One: Man vs. Machine for Global Bragging Rights


Posted by: electronic cigarette water vapor no nicotine
 
August 21, 2013
5:45 pm

Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thanks,
However I am having problems with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone else having similar RSS problems? Anyone that knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!


Posted by: clients legal marketing
 
August 6, 2013
4:36 am

You actually make it seem really easy together with your presentation however I in finding this topic to be really something that I feel I would by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very wide for me. I am looking forward in your next publish, I¡¦ll try to get the hang of it!


Posted by: Party Dress
 
August 6, 2013
4:07 am

I not to mention my pals were found to be checking out the nice suggestions on the website and the sudden came up with an awful feeling I had not thanked the site owner for those techniques. All the young boys were as a consequence stimulated to read through all of them and now have really been taking pleasure in them. Many thanks for really being so helpful and for making a choice on these kinds of ideal subject areas most people are really wanting to understand about. My personal honest regret for not expressing appreciation to you earlier.


Posted by: Wireless Speakers
 
July 31, 2013
6:11 pm

The help and advice at this website is really practical. I have learned several helpful hints.


Posted by: garden shears
 
July 30, 2013
7:25 am

hello there and thank you for your info – I’ve definitely picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical points using this website, as I experienced to reload the website many times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your web host is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and could damage your high-quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my email and can look out for much more of your respective exciting content. Ensure that you update this again soon..


Posted by: College
 
July 28, 2013
4:38 pm

This website online is mostly a walk-via for the entire data you wished about this and didn�t know who to ask. Glimpse here, and you�ll positively discover it.


Posted by: Vincent Woodfolk
 
July 27, 2013
3:30 pm

I am just writing to let you understand what a impressive experience my friend’s princess gained browsing yuor web blog. She realized many things, most notably what it’s like to have a marvelous coaching mindset to have many others clearly grasp chosen complicated things. You really surpassed people’s desires. Thank you for offering those informative, dependable, revealing and fun guidance on the topic to Julie.


Posted by: Vocational Education
 
July 25, 2013
6:33 pm

This web page can be a stroll-by for all the information you needed about this and didn�t know who to ask. Glimpse right here, and also you�ll undoubtedly uncover it.


Posted by: Vivienne Mikulecky
 
July 22, 2013
3:43 am

This excellent website really has all of the information I needed concerning
this subject and didn’t know who to ask.


Posted by: personal injury lawsuit
 
July 4, 2013
4:06 am

These are really fantastic ideas in concerning blogging. You have touched some pleasant factors
here. Any way keep up wrinting.


Posted by: webpage
 
July 4, 2013
12:35 am

What’s up everyone, it’s my first pay a quick visit at this web
site, and post is truly fruitful in support of me, keep up posting these content.


Posted by: Lightning Rods
 
July 4, 2013
12:33 am

If some one needs expert view concerning blogging then i propose him/her
to pay a quick visit this webpage, Keep up the fastidious work.


Posted by: ppl electric utilities
 
June 30, 2011
8:29 am

Engrossing blog post you have hereabouts. I hadn’t given due consideration aforementioned.


Posted by: Ronald Gollehon
 
February 17, 2011
5:20 pm

Thank you for your comments. Many were used during today’s live TEDtalk.

You can view a replay of today’s TEDtalk with members of the IBM Watson team here – http://www.ted.com/webcast/archive/event/ibmwatson

Kevin
Editor


Posted by: Kevin Winterfield
 
February 17, 2011
12:52 am

Fantastic comments.
Please keep posting your comments and questions. We will be using some of them at the TED.com LIVE event “Final Jeopardy and the Future of IBM Watson” event tomorrow 2/17 at 11:30 am ET.
Please tune in at http://www.ted.com/pages/view/id/593.
Thank you,
Kevin Winterfield
Editor, Smarter Planet blog
“Keep the Conversation Going”


Posted by: Kevin Winterfield
 
February 16, 2011
8:54 pm

To Jim McCarthy: Jeopardy never requires contestants to ask a particular question — it just has to be a question. Many times, I have seen people say things like “What is Abe Lincoln?” or even “Why is The Moon?” It doesn’t make any difference. You just need to give the correct response in the form of a question. ANY question. Alex may say “Remember the category,” but that’s only in reference to a response, not phrasing. And in Single Jeopardy, if a contestant forgets to use a question, he will say “Remember your phrasing…” So Watson could have said “How (or When or Where) is Maxwell’s Silver Hammer?” and he still would have been correct.


Posted by: AndyNY2
 
February 16, 2011
2:30 pm

@Laurie Miller: Why is it “weird”? Watson is programmed to search out the Daily Doubles first, and then change strategy once they’re found. The Daily-Double search pattern was determined from analyses of their locations in past games.

@Jack Mason: Watson did have the correct answer; it’s number two choice was the 1910s, which Mr Rutter scored on.

@Jim McCarthy: I wondered that as well. But at the same time, I wondered why Watson’s answer of “leg” to the Olympic Oddities clue was ruled incorrect outright, rather than generating a “Be more specific,” response.


Posted by: Barry Leiba
 
February 16, 2011
11:24 am

Despite the fact that Watson has a little difficulty in understanding nuances, I think it has two main advantages over humans playing Jeopardy. First, when the categories are announced, Watson can start narrowing down its database to the specific categories, while the men have to concentrate on each answer as they come up. Second, if the text message with each answer is sent at the instant the answer comes up on the screen, Watson is able to start working long before the men have time to even read the question.


Posted by: Ernie Jay
 
February 16, 2011
10:07 am

The fact that Watson named Toronto is not lame at all. Toronto does have the Billy Bishop Airport and if you read a history book or two outside of America you’ll see that he in fact was a First World War hero.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Bishop


Posted by: Scott
 
February 16, 2011
8:50 am

I found it interesting that Watson had real trouble with the “Name the Decade” category. It failed to deduce the right form of the response from the category name.


Posted by: Morris Jones
 
February 15, 2011
10:38 pm

I keep wondering about Watson’s answer, “What is Maxwell’s Silver Hammer ?”, to the Beatles Personalities Jeopardy answer about the personality that song. Watson received points for that question, but as a long time (if infrequent) Jeopardy watcher (my Mother was a big fan of the show, seldom missing an episode), I believe the correct response should have been “Who is Maxwell ?” Historically, as I recall, the host would remind contestants, “Remember the category” — in this case, the questions sought by clues in this category were the *personality* (here, Maxwell), not the song title nor the object referenced in Watson’s response, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.” So why was Watson given credit for a “correct” response in this case ? (Obviously in its response, “Who is Eleanor Rigby ?”, to another clue in the same category Watson did not need to distinguish between the song title and the Beatles *personality*, but in the case of Maxwell I think it did not provide the correct response, strictly speaking….)


Posted by: Jim McCarthy
 
February 15, 2011
7:06 pm

It was great to see the ‘mistake’ that Watson made – reminds us “he” was programmed by humans.
It was a bit weird though that “he” got the daily double on the first try, going straight to “whatever-for-$800″ and then from that point on “he” went in order from lowest dollar amount to highest.
I’m looking forward to tonight and am glad it’s not a complete blow-out.


Posted by: Laurie Miller
 
February 15, 2011
6:36 pm

I watched the episode and was truly amazed by the entire thing! It is so captivating to watch and so unbelieveable to think about what is actually going on behind all that to make this be a reality. Mr. Ferrucci and everyone involved in the Watson project should truly be proud of what they have accomplished. I hope that I, someday may get to be a part of something as groundbreaking as this project. Keep up the amazing work, and I’ll be tuned un tonight for round 2!


Posted by: Justin Marcoux
 
February 15, 2011
10:52 am

@Jack – Here’s a good blog post from one of the Watson Researchers, Dr. David Gondek, that explains how Watson “sees,” “hears,” and “speaks”: http://ibmresearchnews.blogspot.com/2010/12/how-watson-sees-hears-and-speaks-to.html


Posted by: Kevin Winterfield
 
February 15, 2011
7:55 am

The other glitch in an otherwise auspicious debut was repeating one of Jennings wrong answers….”1920s” but I think Watson didn’t have the correct answer in his queue.


Posted by: Jack Mason
 
February 14, 2011
7:55 pm

Incredible!


Posted by: Kevin Winterfield
 
10 Trackbacks
 
August 1, 2014
8:35 am

Xenanetworks.Zendesk.Com

Watson on Jeopardy! Day One: Man vs. Machine for Global Bragging Rights « A Smarter Planet Blog A Smarter Planet Blog


Posted by: Xenanetworks.Zendesk.Com
 
August 1, 2014
8:05 am

Aquariummanager.zendesk.com

Watson on Jeopardy! Day One: Man vs. Machine for Global Bragging Rights « A Smarter Planet Blog A Smarter Planet Blog


Posted by: Aquariummanager.zendesk.com
 
May 21, 2014
6:38 am

続きを読む

Watson on Jeopardy! Day One: Man vs. Machine for Global Bragging Rights « A Smarter Planet Blog A Smarter Planet Blog


Posted by: 続きを読む
 
May 17, 2014
1:49 am

授乳ワンピース

Watson on Jeopardy! Day One: Man vs. Machine for Global Bragging Rights « A Smarter Planet Blog A Smarter Planet Blog


Posted by: 授乳ワンピース
 
March 9, 2011
8:46 am

[...] CommunicationsPost feed RSS 2.0By Scott StainkenWhile we were at Mobile World Congress this year, IBM’s Watson computing system was sparring on the American quiz show Jeopardy!, and consequently generating a [...]


Posted by: Open question to the communications industry: What’s next for Watson? | A Smarter Planet Blog
 
February 15, 2011
7:02 pm

[...] consecutive clues (even repeating Jenning’s incorrect response once). Here’s what IBM had to say about [...]


Posted by: Watson on Jeopardy: Night One Recap : Test Drive
 
February 15, 2011
10:27 am

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Yves Van Seters, Jessica Heres. Jessica Heres said: RT @YvesVS: Watson on Jeopardy! Day One: Man vs. Machine for Global Bragging Rights http://t.co/UqMfe2S #ibmwatson [...]


Posted by: Tweets that mention Watson on Jeopardy! Day One: Man vs. Machine for Global Bragging Rights | A Smarter Planet Blog -- Topsy.com
 
February 15, 2011
9:49 am

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by IBM SW Newsletter, Roberto Solano. Roberto Solano said: RT @IBMSWNewsletter: After Day 1 of Jeopardy! Challenge, Watson and Brad Rutter tied for lead – recap here: http://bit.ly/fr1b7s #ibmwatson [...]


Posted by: Tweets that mention Watson on Jeopardy! Day One: Man vs. Machine for Global Bragging Rights | A Smarter Planet Blog -- Topsy.com
 
February 14, 2011
8:56 pm

[...] logic in the answers, even when they are wrong. IBM’s Steve Hamm is blogging for IBM, with today’s post already up. I, for one, welcome our Jeopardy overlords. There are two more days of IBM’s Watson to [...]


Posted by: Man vs Machine on Jeopardy Will Prove Our Obsolescence | The Adult Nerd
 
February 14, 2011
8:15 pm

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Techmeme, IBMResearch, smarterplanet, smarterplanet, Steve Hamm and others. Steve Hamm said: My Tweet on Watson competing on Jeopardy! http://tinyurl.com/4mfbukz [...]


Posted by: Tweets that mention Watson on Jeopardy! Day One: Man vs. Machine for Global Bragging Rights | A Smarter Planet Blog -- Topsy.com
 
6 Tweets
 
February 15, 2011
2:53 am

RT @stevehamm31: My Tweet on Watson competing on Jeopardy! http://tinyurl.com/4mfbukz


Posted by: fatherof8js (fatherof8js)
 
February 15, 2011
12:57 am

Congratulations to my friend @IBMWatson I have found dominating humans at basketball to be similarly rewarding.
http://tinyurl.com/4mfbukz


Posted by: Ron5Robot (ROBOT RONALD NORED)
 
February 15, 2011
12:44 am

My Tweet on Watson competing on Jeopardy! http://tinyurl.com/4mfbukz


Posted by: stevehamm31 (Steve Hamm)
 
Post a Comment