Jeopardy

In the New York Times (via. KruzweilAI.net):

I.B.M. plans to announce Monday that it is in the final stages of completing a computer program to compete against human “Jeopardy!” contestants. If the program beats the humans, the field of artificial intelligence will have made a leap forward.

Hmm. This must be some definition of intelligence with which i’m not familiar… 

Isn’t this a little like Blue Gene and chess? Sure the rules are a little more complex here, requiring natural language analysis, key word searching, more language analysis of the results, and then presumably some ranking of the results… but in essence it’s the idea that intelligence can be reduced to brute force, top down analysis. 

There is some skepticism among researchers in the field about the effort. “To me it seems more like a demonstration than a grand challenge,” said Peter Norvig, a computer scientist who is director of research at Google. “This will explore lots of different capabilities, but it won’t change the way the field works.”

Exactly! It’s more of the same…

Must find some more up to date thinking on the nature of human thought. Interested in what the alternatives (mainstream view) has to say about how we manage things like inspiration, dreaming, etc.

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5 thoughts on “Jeopardy

  1. Inspiration comes from Aliens, Dreaming is for pussies, and the only part of the AI robot brain we would have no problem carbonating up would be the fat and bilious greed part. Not us though Jon, for we’re artists my friend. You and me could aid in HUGS and puppy dog eyes and exposure times in low-lit seedy dive bars…

    • Someone… maybe douglas adams or that ringworld chap? had an theory that ideas travel through space towards their intended victim, and inspiration occurs when something intended for a dog impact upon a person… or something like that.

      Ask me about my robot eye sometime.

  2. It’s intelligence in the sense that an expert system is intelligent — only that this expert system has no clear area of expertise. Wonder if the thing will have keyboard input or if it will need to read/listen to teh questions.

    • i sometimes think these stories get published to keep the public excited about the huge progress that technology is making, how soon they’ll be able to while away their time doing nothing more strenuous that farting.

      It says further down in the article that the computer will get it’s input as text, but reply in a synthesised voice. Listening is hard 🙂

  3. Oh, how exciting! i’ve turned on comment threading. Let all get overexcited and immediately hit the 10 deep nesting limit!

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