Wednesday, February 16, 2011

IBM's Jeopardy Computer or Old Technology on a Faster Machine?

Alright, so here's the deal. Jeopardy lets this smart computer play against humans in a three episode ordeal. Sounds awesome, right? Maybe some new breakthroughs in technology, or better yet more enhanced AI technology. The problem with this scenario is that the computer is fed text messages with the questions on them. Whoop-di-do, can we say pre-built databases of information. Basically this thing searches like Google through it's stored memory and regurgitates the answer. Now the only possible advancement I see in IBM's creation is that they spent years in putting together all sorts of different American English phrases into this machines memory so it can process the question correctly to find the answer, so I'll give them a half point for trying. Still, no big changes in technology, only time consuming nerds who need to get a life for once and kick-back their feet instead of wasting IBM's money in research that Google is already coming up with...oh wait, already applied in some of their web-searching servers. Good job IBM! Your balls aren't any bigger than anyone else's yet. So they say it's faster than who knows how many smart computers but that still is a who cares feature. So what if the computer can generate and push the button faster than humans. It may just be a crazy thing called electrical energy faster than human reflexes. So we're 2.5 of 3 for failure so far. Now here's the best part. Many people thought it was voice recognition until that one leaked all over the Internet and the news. Why didn't IBM use voice recognition? Now that would be an improvement. Right now scientists (nerds with money who can say they're scientists) are researching and already advancing with breakthroughs of social robots. Whoa, now that's pretty cool. Instead of talking with your friends and family you can talk to a robot that is programmed to understand human body language and expressions (such as facial expressions and hand movements) and will react to the human accordingly with such or similar expressions and body language. Now put those robots with voice recognition and IBM's human speech pattern recognition and you would have yourself an ideal piece of technology. Go soak your brain on that one Steve Jobs. Maybe you can put that into an iPhone. Adding the Internet's resources of the ever growing society of information this thing would be the first, almost flawless AI. Then we'll have to program it on how to learn through conversation and experience, and then BLAMMO, Star Trek here we come (or Star Wars, whatever your fancy). So all in all I give IBM's success a .5 out of 4.

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