The answer is ....
"You are not going to like it .... you are REALLY not going to like it .... the answer is .... the answer is .... 42 ".
More than a decade ago, IBM challenged humanity to a chess match with its Deep Blue supercomputer. And the computer won. Now, the company has issued another challenge to humanity. This time, the game is trivia. And humanity has better odds. It is hard to guess who will win the grand challenge contest between humanity and …
But then we'd get to see a mini-Turing test, where the 'human' ('being'?) question reply is "How many roads must a man walk down?" Versus the computer answer, which would make for a *very* long commercial break...
Ooo, Jeo-paradoxy? Can they pose an answer question where the question answer can't be answered correctly within the 5-second limit, and *only* credit the silence as a correct answer question?
It took me a while here in Canada to figure out the rules for Jeopardy.
Someone told me that what you see is the answer and you have to come up with the question.
Since plainly a lot of the correct answers are not actually proper questions to the answer displayed on the board, I soon came to the conclusion that the rule is that you must say "What is..." or "Who is..." in front of something that the description is describing. Not quite the same thing and all rather pointless.
Oh, and by the way, the remainder of the show is taken up with asking the contestants to tell us pointless and uninteresting trivia about their plain, boring lives.
Reminds me of Jim Bowen asking a Bullseye contestant what he did for a living. When he replied, "I'm unemployed, Jim", Jim quips "Great, smashing, super". What a man.
Everyones heard of chess and its acknowledged to require a certain level of intelligence to play - and a very large amount of skill to be really good. However it does follow a relatively small set of rules, albeit over a very large number of possibilities, this is not something beyond a computer. QnA is extremely hard when there is a vast amount of meaning in the question - far beyond chess - but I doubt this will have anything like the effect on the popular imagination as Deep Blue beating Kasparov. Mainly because no one outside of the US has seen Jeopardy! I had heard of it - but I've never seen an episode.
I suppose I'm saying its a shame when this is far harder than Big Blues win - I'm not at all sure they will win but if they do it is extremely impressive.
You Are The Weakest Link. But the real question is Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
It's all pretty much the same schtick, just different titles. Personally I always liked the game mechanics of Joker's Wild better. Just as long as Bob's not asking someone to "Come on down" I think it will be okay.
This is extremely significant in the history of AI.
At first we asked question and the dumb tin can gave us google.
Now the thing actually will start to yap answers at you.
This is a huge leap.
Expert systems will be built around this tech in wall street and laws eventually will forbid relying blindly on this 'oracle' of sorts.
As long as it doens't start asking questions and the plug is handy, it's all good.
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For some reason this made me think of White Men Can't Jump. Perhaps there's going to be another Tron sequel where they play Jeopardy instead of racing light cycles.
Sam Flynn gets kicked off the board of Encom and ends up trying to scrape a living from hustling schmucks who play street basketball, but he gets played by his supposed partner who runs off with all the money, so his artificial lover Cora, the isomorphic algorithm, has to turn to Jeopardy to get enough money to live with dignity.
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