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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wrapping up Watson

Ken Jennings, the Watson avatar and Brad Rutter on the Jeopardy! set.

Ken Jennings, the Watson avatar and Brad Rutter on the Jeopardy! set.

It’s been a few days since the IBM Corp.’s Watson computer won big at Jeopardy! and still no computer overlords.

What we do have is a new sense of what computers and artificial intelligence (AI) can do and how they can be used.

Researchers, including some at The University of Texas at Austin, have worked for decades to get computers to understand natural language, the way people talk. Computers have a
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Texas alumnus gives insight into Watson

James Fan, who received his Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin, is a member of the IBM team that built Watson, the Jeopardy! playing computer.

James Fan, who received his Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin, is a member of the IBM team that built Watson, the Jeopardy! playing computer.

University of Texas at Austin alumnus James Fan was one of 25 IBM Corp. employees who worked for four years to build a computer that could play the quiz show Jeopardy! with the best of them.

He returned to campus Monday to watch the first round of the Jeopardy! match between Watson, the IBM computer (named
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Computers not ready to take over, even if one wins Jeopardy!

If IBM Corp.’s Watson computer passes the Trebek Test, it doesn’t mean it will pass the Turing Test the next day. Or achieve world dominance.

Ray Mooney

Ray Mooney

The Trebek Test will take place Feb. 14, 15 and 16 in the Jeopardy! Challenge. The computer plays the Jeopardy! quiz show against two of the best players in Jeopardy! history. Alex Trebek is the host of Jeopardy!

The computer must make sense of the tricky clues, search the tons of information it has digested, find
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