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Final Jeopardy : man vs. machine and the quest to know everything

Author: Stephen Baker
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Researchers at IBM launched a billion-dollar project to develop a machine that could compete in the quiz show Jeopardy--and win. The machine faced off in a high-ratings match against two former champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Journalist Stephen Baker carries readers on a captivating journey from the IBM labs to the showdown in Hollywood. The story features brilliant Ph. D.s, Hollywood moguls,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Baker
ISBN: 9780547483160 0547483163
OCLC Number: 651912283
Description: 268 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The germ of the Jeopardy machine --
And representing the humans --
Blue J is born --
Educating Blue J --
Watson's face --
Watson takes on humans --
AI --
A season of jitters --
Watson looks for work --
How to play the game --
The match.
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Researchers at IBM launched a billion-dollar project to develop a machine that could compete in the quiz show Jeopardy--and win. The machine faced off in a high-ratings match against two former champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Journalist Stephen Baker carries readers on a captivating journey from the IBM labs to the showdown in Hollywood. The story features brilliant Ph. D.s, Hollywood moguls, knowledge-obsessed Jeopardy masters--and a very special collection of silicon and circuitry named Watson. It was a classic match of Man vs. Machine, not seen since the chess-playing computer Deep Blue bested the world's reigning grandmaster, Garry Kasparov. And Watson needed to do more than churn through chess moves or find a relevant Web page--it had to understand language, including puns and irony, and master everything from history and literature to science, arts, and entertainment.--Adapted from publisher description.

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