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TIED WITH BRAD FOR 5 GRAND! Double and final Jeopardy is tomorrow!~
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IBM HAD to include a delay in their computer from answering otherwise, we'd have a billion year champion starting from now...
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To answer the question about buzzing: I attended a showing of the first episode tonight. Several members of the design team for Watson are alumni of my university (RPI) and a couple were present to talk about Watson before and during the showing (during commercial breaks).

Chris Welty told us that after Trebek finishes reading the question/"answer," one of the show's staff members presses a button that simultaneously allows buzzing to begin and shines a light so that the three contestants know they can start pressing. Watson is designed to wait for the light before pressing, but Chris explained that some contestants - Brad, in particular - are extremely good buzzers and will anticipate the precise moment the staff person presses the button rather than waiting for the light to shine (there is about a .25 second delay between seeing something and reacting to it for humans). An example of this was the very first question, for which Watson had the right answer, but Brad buzzed in first.
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when a computer will be able to draw something completely original and make a story for it. I'll begin to say computer are somewhat capable of half of a tenth of a billion a human mind is able to think from pure creativity .

and computer are data storage mostly so it doesn't even matter if it's faster than a human or not cause it proves nothing but the fact that it store data well.
    
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Waste of money.
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Waste of money.
You are absolutely insane if you don't see the benefit of this.
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the beginning of quantum computing right there.
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I wonder if the computer has an input advantage on the "clicker"/"buzzer"? It seemed like Jennings often had an answer and clicked extremely fast but had no chance whenever "Watson" had more than 90% probability on an answer (which caused it to answer pretty much instantly).
+1

They should of at least slowed 'watson' down to human reaction times, otherwise it's a moronic contest.

I wonder how much IBM paid to get their tech on this show.
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Pretty cool.
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+1

They should of at least slowed 'watson' down to human reaction times, otherwise it's a moronic contest.

I wonder how much IBM paid to get their tech on this show.
Its not moronic, Watson may be able to parse the question faster than the humans but it still has to wait for Trebeck to finish reading it and has to physically depress the same button.
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