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Old Feb 18, 2011, 10:59 AM   #376
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On Star Trek Next Generation the character named Data couldn't use contractions, despite his sophistication with human language. I always thought that was a clever way to remind us that he wasn't really human (oops I mean "was not really human" ) but I also thought that is was silly from a technical point of view. Data could understand when people said "it's" or "can't" -- and that's the hard part. Saying "it's" instead of "it is" and "can't" instead of "cannot" would be trivial for Dr. Soong, his programmer.

At least I thought so. Now we have Watson, who omitted the articles in his questions. Where a human would say the question was "What is the United States?" he would say "What is United States?" instead. Were articles too hard a challenge for the IBM programmers?
I hate to get geeky, but the reason Data could not speak in contractions was something Dr Soong did on purpose. Lore (who was made before Data) could do contractions.
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Old Feb 18, 2011, 11:23 AM   #377
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On Star Trek Next Generation the character named Data couldn't use contractions, despite his sophistication with human language. I always thought that was a clever way to remind us that he wasn't really human (oops I mean "was not really human" ) but I also thought that is was silly from a technical point of view. Data could understand when people said "it's" or "can't" -- and that's the hard part. Saying "it's" instead of "it is" and "can't" instead of "cannot" would be trivial for Dr. Soong, his programmer.
Me too; I mean, Data could learn new words and new languages, etc. so why couldn't he learn "isn't" or "didn't"? What I find interesting now is that my three-year-old will not use contractions, though her comprehension of them is perfect.

"Please don't touch that"
she touches
"What did I just say?"
"You said 'do not touch that'"

Maybe it's a necessity of artificial intelligence—or at least of Data and Watson—that they communicate like three-year-olds
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Old Feb 23, 2011, 10:55 AM   #378
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If they did, they shouldn't have. Watson seemed to produce more incorrect questions on the final day.
Agreed, which made me wonder if they tweaked.

Either way, I was fascinated by the challenge and hope to see more in the future. Perhaps Watson versus Watson 2.0 versus a Speak & Spell?
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Watson isn't done just yet. Docs are now repurposing the massive computer to help diagnose patients. House beware!
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 11:13 AM   #380
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Watson isn't done just yet. Docs are now repurposing the massive computer to help diagnose patients. House beware!
If it's like the Jeopardy! version, I expect it will usually confirm the doctor's diagnosis, it will sometimes make amazing diagnoses the doctors missed, and once in a while it will recommend a lobotomy for a scraped knee.
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David Ferrucci, lead developer of Watson, talks about their approach here: the use of massive parallelism and the merging of results from multiple techniques of analysis.
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Excellent TechRepublic article by Jo Best on the history, present, and future of the Watson project, including the hope to turn Watson from medical clinician assistant into the equivalent of a physician that can pass the general medical licensing board exams, and the possibility of Siri-like use of Watson.

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Excellent TechRepublic article by Jo Best on the history, present, and future of the Watson project, including the hope to turn Watson from medical clinician assistant into the equivalent of a physician that can pass the general medical licensing board exams, and the possibility of Siri-like use of Watson.

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Takes all the allure out of playing doctor.
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I saw this thread come up on the front page and thought I stepped into some kind of time warp...
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Takes all the allure out of playing doctor.
Luckily, my days of "playing doctor" pre-dated computers.

Wait...I'm still playing Doctor!
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