Video: SC11 Coming Attractions – insideHPC Takes on Watson

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In this video, Rich Brueckner tries to match wits with Watson at ISC’11 with a little help from IBM’s Martin Hiegl. This week, IBM announced that attendees at SC11 will have the opportunity to play a game of Jeopardy against the Watson computing system.

Watson will be featured in a kiosk located on the 6th floor of the convention and trade center, separate from the main IBM booth. The kiosk is a version of the full IBM Power Systems-based Watson system that competed on the game show. Watson represents a significant advance in a computer’s ability to understand context in human language – a technology with potential applications in such domains as medicine. As has been demonstrated in some well-publicized contests, man versus computer in a game of Jeopardy is not the mismatch one might imagine. Understanding the complexities of natural language, which comes naturally to humans, is an extraordinary challenge for computers.

So there you have it — go for the geography questions and you might be able to beat that bad boy. Read the Full Story.