[ExI] Watson On Jeopardy

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Tue Feb 15 11:24:37 UTC 2011

2011/2/15 Darren Greer wrote:
> One thing though. When he gets it wrong, he really gets it wrong. One
> question asked the name of the place where a train both begins and ends. It
> was 'terminus.' Watson said 'Venice.' I found this quite funny, and was
> wondering what the algorithms brought up to give him such an answer. I did a
> search on the 'net for trains and Venice to see if I could come up with a
> strong connection that he might have found in his databanks, but I didn't
> find one.

No, you misheard. Watson was closer than that.


The first one he got wrong was something like "A bus trip can either
begin or end here, from the Latin for end." Watson responded "What is
finis." That was wrong and Jennings chimed in with the correct
"Terminal." So Watson answered with the literal Latin for end
(terminus also means end).


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