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OFF TOPIC: IBM's Watson on Jeopardy!

by flexvault (Monsignor)
on Feb 08, 2011 at 15:33 UTC ( #886996=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Dear Monks,

This is off topic to perl only, but interesting to anyone involved with computers.

Please see the announcement! ( )

I know this is a world-wide audience, so you may need to use the internet to view.

I first learned of Watson in 2008, but since forgot about it. Just in case others would be interested

NOTE: I read "where should I post X" again, but couldn't figure where to post this :-(
I do think it's relevant, but others may not.

Thank you

Update: It has been suggested that I "highlight and/or explain" how I think this is "relevant to Perl". Good suggestion!

IBM scientists have been working on a highly advanced Question Answering (QA) system, codenamed "Watson." This system is a cluster of IBM *nix computers, that the scientists believe will be able to understand complex questions and answer with enough precision, confidence, and speed to compete on Jeopardy against humans!

perl is available on all *nix computers in the cluster!

After Jeopardy, Watson will become a Q/A product that will be sold to large corporations, hospitals, governments, etc. to allow verbal interaction with the computers' data warehouse. Think of how a surgeon could get an answer in the operating room, during an operation, that could give the latest medical answer to an unforeseen problem.

But for me, the more complex a computer solution is, the more need exists to maintain, support, upgrade, analyze, etc. that complex system by system admins, programmers, etc.

And perl is there!

"Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

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