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Smartest Machine on Earth, The: Can a Computer Win on JEOPARDY!?


Smartest Machine on Earth, The: Can a Computer Win on JEOPARDY!?

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Item Number:
PBS NOVA6221
Price:
$24.99
Format:
DVD
Length:
60 min.
Copyright:
2011
Closed Caption:
n/a
Producer:
WGBH
Grade Level:
9 - 12
ISBN:
9781608834174
UPC:
841887014205
Summary:
This is an updated version of the PBS broadcasted program, with additional content added. Augmenting human intelligence is a lot tougher than it looks; the promise of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey is still just a fantasy. But scientists are edging closer with machines like "Watson," an IBM computing system that is gearing up for a first-of-its-kind challenge: competing on the game show JEOPARDY!, taking on Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter--two of the show's most successful and celebrated contestants of all time. With a brain the size of 2,400 home computers and a database of about 10 million documents, will Watson be able to compute its way to victory? Given the complexity of human language, could any computer truly understand it? It remains to be seen if this amalgam of circuits and silicon can really take us closer to the dream of a fully developed, artificial intelligence, a truly "conscious" machine. Win or lose, the difficulty of mimicking the human thought process with software is showing artificial intelligence researchers that there's more than one way to be "intelligent."




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