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If you’re a fan of the TV game show “Jeopardy!” or even if you’re not, perhaps you tuned in last week to see the much-hyped matches between former champions Ken Jennings, the person who has won the most games in a row in the show’s history, and Brad Rutter, the all-time earnings champion. The third spot was filled by a supercomputer from IBM known as Watson, named for the company’s founder.

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The last time a computer famously beat humans, the domain was chess. It is pretty easy to understand the basic brute-force technique that a computer chess engine uses to play the game. See How Chess Computers Work for details. The Watson program is more complicated than that. The “rules” of language are far more complex […]

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We have witnessed Watson’s prowess on Day 1 and Day 2: A look at last night’s Jeopardy game featuring IBM’s Watson Supercomputer, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings Jeopardy, IBM’s Watson Supercomputer vs. Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, Day 2 Last night was the final round, and Watson cleaned house: Final score on ‘Jeopardy!': Computer 1, […]

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In Day 2, Watson continues to dominate: Watson Cleans House On Day 2 Of ‘Jeopardy!’ Challenge Veteran “Jeopardy!” champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter scored only five correct responses between them during the “Double Jeopardy!” round that aired Tuesday. They ended this first game of a two-game match with paltry earnings of $2,400 and $5,400, […]

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The following video offers 6 minutes of background, giving a quick tour of the Watson supercomputer before the game started. Then it shows 5 minutes of game play where Watson dominates the two human players: Here are statistics for the match: Watson Jeopardy Statistics Commentary: It’s Elementary, Dear Watson: Computers Win, Jeopardy! Viewers Lose As […]

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What can we expect to be coming down the technology pipe in 2011 and in 2015? The following article offers a view of the technological change we can expect in the computer realm next year. What will “home computers” and laptops look like in 2011? It is a very impressive list of changes: The Tipping […]

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Not long ago, I wrote an article about whether or not we’d ever be able to communicate with just our minds. In the article, I write about how scientists and engineers are working on various brain-computer interfaces with the goal of creating a system in which you can control a computer with your thoughts. Yesterday, I saw this blog post from Joseph L. Flatley at Engadget that mentions such a project over at Intel.

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Coldest, driest, calmest place on Earth found – “It’s at bottom of the world, more than 13,000 feet high on Antarctic Plateau …” A One-Way Ticket to Mars – “NOW that the hype surrounding the 40th anniversary of the Moon landings has come and gone, we are faced with the grim reality that if we […]

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Fans of the TV game show Jeopardy! know that it’s now possible to audition for the show over the Internet. Sure, if you pass the test you still have to do an in-person interview before you can go on the show, but the online tests have made it easier for more people to try out.

Well, now the computers themselves are giving it a try. John Markoff wrote a piece the other day in The New York Times in which he explained how IBM is preparing a computer to take on real people on Jeopardy!. It’s not unlike Deep Blue taking on Garry Kasparov in chess. Except that Jeopardy! is a completely different sort of game, one that requires you to recall hundreds, if not thousands, of facts at the drop of a hat.

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According to Steve Lohr of The New York Times, Sun Microsystems and IBM are in talks about a $7 billion acquisition.

That’s a lot of money. But it’s a big deal. It’d bring together two of the biggest names in computer servers, and as Lohr pointed out, it could bring up some antitrust hurdles for the two companies to overcome, should they reach a deal. If you’re a Sun shareholder, it looks particularly good for you; shares were up 65.3 percent this morning, but IBM’s were down 2.2 percent.

IBM is really into cloud computing, where your data and sometimes your applications are all stored on servers via the network, or the Internet. Sun is scheduled to throw its hat into the ring today, Charles Cooper at CNET wrote Tuesday. At the company’s CommunityOne event, Sun will disclose its application programming interface (API) that will enable developers to write applications for the Sun cloud computing platform.

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