[ExI] Watson On Jeopardy

Richard Loosemore rpwl at lightlink.com
Tue Feb 15 17:37:54 UTC 2011

spike wrote:
>> ... On Behalf Of Richard Loosemore
> ...
>> ...Apart from various bits of peripheral processing to catch easy cases, to
> look for little tricks, and to eliminate useless non-content words, etc
> etc., that is all it does.
>> ...It is a brick-stupid cluster analysis program....Richard Loosemore
> Sure but that in itself is enormously educational.  The chess world was
> rather shocked to learn how the best chess programs were disappointingly
> simple.  All manner of tricky positional evaluation algorithms were tried,
> but in the long run, they were overwhelmed by brute speed and simple
> evaluation algorithms.  Today the best chess algorithms are not very
> complicated.  What this taught us is that the best chess players are far
> more stupid than we realized.  Chess is a simple game.  It only looks
> complicated to simple-minded creatures such as humans.

Oh, puh-lease!  ;-)

It taught us that the human brain is so smart that the only way the 
fools at IBM could compete with it was by doing a million times as much 
brute force searching.

Richard Loosemore

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