Machine vs Man
As a proud IBMer - the things that this company continues to do, never ceases to amaze me. This week I received an email with the following...while many of you are probably aware of this cool event that happened - many aren''t... "The landmark event with the potential to re-shape the future of computing will be broadcast nationwide on February 14, 15, and 16. The Watson system, developed by computer scientists at IBM Research, will challenge human champions in the game of Jeopardy! Win, lose or draw, the IBM team has advanced the state of analytics, optimized systems, and the field of Question-Answer technology in a way that promises to transform industries. To support this event, please consider watching the NOVA special on PBS: The Smartest Machine on Earth! We highly recommend this as an excellent learning event. Please check the viewing times on the PBS website. In some areas, it is already on the air. In others, it's beginning on February 9th. It will usually be scheduled to repeat several times in each area:
Another fabulous site for information on Watson is http://ibm.com/watson. The countdown begins to the Watson Jeopardy matches on February 14..."
Now Watson, for those of you who don't already know is about 6 ft tall and about the size of a room. It should be very interesting to see how it competes for the millions, and how it compares to the human mind. Be sure to check it out.
(oh wait - another fun fact is that Carnegie Mellon students/faculty are yet again part of this historic event. As a very proud alum - if anyone reading this has any questions about CMU or if you're interested in Computer Science/Robotics/Business/etc (they're great in everything) do not hesitate to contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to answer any questions or to connect you to someone at the university)