Supercomputer beats squishy humans to pulp on Jeopardy, humans now think “remembering tons of random shit” is no longer impressive

From PhysOrg:

Watson showed an impressive knowledge of pop culture, answering “Who is the Church Lady” to the challenge “A Dana Carvey character on ‘Saturday Night Live.'”

Watson was quick to the punch on history, geography, medicine and art — jumping in with the second largest city in New Zealand, the founder of Cambridge’s Trinity College, the names of stolen artwork, and types of diseases.

Most impressive was his ability to interpret the challenges, answering “What is narcolepsy?” to the question “You just need a nap. You don’t have this sleep disorder that can make sufferers nod off while standing up.”


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