Watson / Jeopardy 'robot', whats so cool?

Did anyone see the IBM computer playing Jeopardy..I don't get it. What exactly was the point of this demonstration?
Sure it has one of the better text to speech engines I've ever heard. And
the speech recognition worked very well (assuming it is using one..?).
But as far as answering trivia questions goes... just rig it up to google or wolfram alpha.. how can it lose??? Google can answer in milliseconds. While a human is still listening to the questions.
I'm sure it took some talented comp.sci thinkers to streamline the thing and get it thru a taping of a tv show without a hitch. Natural language processing is an interesting area of research, though I don't know to what degree it is even doing much of that..
But still.. I'm assuming it has many encyclopedia's of knowledge available. How can it lose? This is nothing like playing chess masters.
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snipped-for-privacy@kymhorsell.com wrote:

I think that Jeopardy!, at least partially, jumped the shark when they let winners go on indefinitely, rather than retiring them after five consecutive wins.
Watching the human "machine" Ken Jennings performing in those dozens of wins became boring. It's much more fun to watch the program to see what you might know and the contestants do not, and vice versa.
Jeopardy! probably achieved higher ratings from attracting and holding the yahoo's that said to themselves "Gaw-lee, he's a right agin!"
Now it's a physical machine against at least one human "machine".
<Yawn...>
--- Joe
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Evidently you're in the minority. It's ratings were soaring at the time.

I take it that you didn't watch it? (BTW, I didn't either)
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Jeopardy! is on at the same time as the first half-hour of reruns of "Two-and-a-Half Men", Wheel of Fortune, on the same channel as Jeopardy!, is opposite the second half-hour of reruns of "Two-and-a-Half Men". Most of the time I watch only the second half-hour of "Two-and-a-Half Men".
This week I watch both half-hours of the reruns.
I hope old Charlie recovers and straightens out enough to give us more first-run episodes.
--- Joe
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My point was that evidently the human "machine" sucked.

I really don't care about the woes of the self-absorbed Hollywood nut-baskets.
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I don't see where *you* made that point. I did say it was boring.

My point: I'd rather have Charlie Sheen's comedy than boring, shark-jumping, yahoo-oriented episodes of Jeopardy! He does have to be somewhat healthy to make more episodes. Otherwise, I wish they wouldn't even report on the personal lives of any show-biz types.
--- Joe
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Insufficient alternatives.

Don't listen.
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It was a simple comparison - not a list of alternatives.

You were the one who said "I really don't care about the woes of the self-absorbed Hollywood nut-baskets." I was only addressing your off the point remark. My mistake.
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"Neither" is a better alternative, even if there aren't any.

Translated: I don't.

"Off point"? Wow! That's rich!
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It looks like you just want to tag one irrelevant comment onto another. Seems to me that you're just another usenet blubbering old fart.
Piss off.
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That figures. You're incapable of putting two thoughts together.

I suppose it might look that way to a dumbass kid who really cares about Charlie Sheen, of all losers.

After you kid (but you just can't resist the last word, can you?).
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Here's a thought: You sure seem to care that Charlie's a loser.
Here's another thought: Charlie Sheen might be a loser. I don't care.
Here's yet another(!) thought: I don't give a rodent's arse what you care about. Now go to your room and leave the attendant's computer alone!

Your stimulating convo just brings out the intellectual in me. :)
--- Joe
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Dingbat, you're the one who brought him into the conversation.

I you're lying.

You care enough that you can't leave it alone. You *have* to get the last word in.

I see I wasn't wrong about your depth.
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I totally agree with you about depth. Your depth is so great, I have to put on boots to wade through your verbiage.
Now, back to you, BOF. :)
--- Joe
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Which simply proves that you really are shallow enough to drown a snail.

You really should have that compulsion to have the last word checked by a professional. It is a sickness.
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Wow, even deeper! I have to admire your sense of self-righteousness, you silly BOF! :)
Back atcha, Senor!
--- Jose
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Simply right, imbecile. You really do need a shrink.

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I see that you still want to play, Gospodin, but I must be a little slower in batting it back to you, because I have a few more important things to do than to keep you from having the last word, doofuss-amigo! :)
Incredibly recursive (or is it *inductive*?) of you, you know, that in order to chide me for doing something, you are ipso facto doing the very same thing!
Whatta hoot!
--- Joe
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That's certainly not all you're slow at. I'm sure you are really an impotent person.

No, dingbat. I gave you a chance to bow out, which any sane person would have taken. I'm now showing exactly how insane you really are, Hosie.
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