The Smartest Machine On Earth
Can A Computer Win On Jeopardy!?Streaming Video - 2013
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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c2011
Edition: Updated Version
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (60 min.) :,sd., col
Alternative Title: Can a Computer Win on Jeopardy!?