[ExI] Watson On Jeopardy

David Lubkin lubkin at unreasonable.com
Wed Feb 16 16:10:04 UTC 2011

Richard Loosemore wrote:

>I was trying to point out that Watson is so 
>close to being a statistical analysis of text 
>corpora, that it hardly makes sense to ask about 
>all those "comprehension" issues that you talked 
>about.  Not in the same breath.
>But to even talk about such stuff in the context of Watson
>What is going on here -- what I am trying to 
>point out -- is a fantastic degree of 
>confusion.  In one moment there is an admission 
>that Watson is mostly doing a form of 
>statistical analysis (plus tweaks).  Then, the 
>next moment people are making statements that 
>jump from ground level up to the stratosphere
>I am just trying to inject a dose of sanity.
>And failing.

As far as I can see, the only confusion is on 
your part, from assuming that posters will stick to the topic.

What's happening is that the topic at hand 
(Watson, in this case) triggers ideas. Thoughts 
about AGI. Thoughts about how Watson could be 
made a more sophisticated player. Thoughts about 
game theory aspects of Jeopardy play. Etc.

I don't think I've ever had or heard a 
conversation among extropians that didn't leap 
off onto interesting tangents. Often mid-sentence.

I think of this as a feature, not a bug.

-- David.

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