Video: Preparing IBM's Watson for Jeopardy

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In 2007 IBM Research began creating Watson, a data analytics and natural language processing computer, with the goal to have Watson compete on Jeopardy, a perfect testing platform.

When I first heard about this project, I thought it sounded like a gimmick. This video changed my mind. What they are really doing is approaching a problem as a means to fundamentally change the way we interact with computers. Now I can’t wait to watch the competition!


  1. I hope IBM does more follow through with this system than they did with the Kasparov-Deep Blue match of 1997 … the match was somewhat surrounded by controversy and IBM did not follow up that match with a series of matches against multiple grandmasters to really validate their technology. This system may be more “general” than the highly-tuned to a single player Deep Blue system.

  2. I also went by the IBM booth at SC97 and asked about this. The response from the Deep Blue team was somewhat disappointing and I believe that they never did put the Deep Blue system online to allow other people to play the system and IBM fairly soon after the project disbanded the team which I thought was disappointing.

    Also, it would be nice to see IBM work on a Go playing system once they have really proven their chess playing Deep Blue system.

  3. ugh … that should’ve read “and IBM fairly soon afterwards disbanded the project team which I thought was disappointing.”