4.27.2009

IBM booting up to take on "Jeopardy!"

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/television/2009127475_jeopardy27.html
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YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — This highly successful television quiz show is the latest challenge for artificial intelligence.
What is "Jeopardy!"?
That is correct.
IBM plans to announce today it is in the final stages of completing a computer program to compete against human contestants on "Jeopardy!"
IBM scientists previously devised a chess-playing program to run on a supercomputer called Deep Blue that beat the world champion Garry Kasparov in a 1997 match (Kasparov called it unfair and secured a draw in a later match against another version of the program).
But chess is a game of limits, with pieces that have clearly defined powers. "Jeopardy!" requires a program with the suppleness to weigh an almost infinite range of relationships and to make subtle comparisons and interpretations.
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