Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Can a computer beat a human in the most challenging trivia game on TV? Today, at IBM's headquarters in New York, we learned that the answer is yes. What is Watson? Why is it so much harder for a computer to compete on jeopardy than to play chess? Do you think this is good thing? Will computers like this help or hurt people? What problems can computers solve? Are computers going to take away more jobs? Will computers eventually take over the world? What do you think?

Watson is a work-load optimized system that can answer questions posed in natural language over a nearly unlimited range of knowledge. Watson is also a computer consisting of a roomful of the company's Power7 processors. But the real genius in the system is that it can understand language well enough to figure out the wordplay that makes up a Jeopardy! question.

Its much harder for a computer to compete on jeopardy than to play chess because,a chess computer needs only to be able to do math. But a statement like "This president said he was a jelly donut," would stump most computers, who have a lot of trouble with the implied meaning of words. (The answer is "who is John F. Kennedy?"). It's not really a good thing for humans if they're really coming on jeopardy to win some money that they need. I don't think the computers would really like this help but i also don't think it would hurt people.

Computers can solve a certain amount of problems. Well from judging from the Watson it maybe a possibility that computers will take away more jobs. It's a strong possibility that computers may even take over the world later on in life, but we don't know for sure now.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Do you think using cell phones too much is bad for our physical or mental health? Why? Apart of me would say yes using cell phones too much is bad for our physical and mental health but the other part of me says no, we just getting use to new technology.


What device or devices do you prefer to use to access the Internet? Why? The device that i prefer to use is my cellphone, it's portable and i can use it for basically anything and i can look up the information i need. The other device i would use is my portable laptop but i'll only use that really for certain occasions.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Do you think that having Internet access is mainly for rich people? Are poor people disadvantaged? Or does Internet access help poor people? Why? No i do not think that having internet access is mainly for rich people, to be honest that sounds like a load of bull, internet access is for any and everybody, that can get access to computers. No poor people are not disadvantaged at all , if they have a family member that has an computer they can get access there. The internet helps everybody, rich and poor it doesnt really matter.


What are you planning to do to make 2011 the best year ever in school, at home and in the rest of your life? Im going to try to be more focus, cut down on the drama , because i don't like it at all, cut off some unwanted friends, and make some new more focused ones, just be my active when it comes down to school.


How has technology changed the way people prepare for and celebrate holidays? I don't really see how technology changed the way people prepare for and celebrate holidays, in my family, the holidays are celebrated some what traditional.


How much homework should teachers give during a vacation? Why? I honestly don't think teachers should give any homework during the vacation, they call it a vacation for a reason, so we all can relax, no one wants to be swapped with loads of work, we want to relax.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Do you think that learning should be fun? Do you learn more or less when learning is fun? Why? Yes i do think learning should be fun, not boring and un-interesting. I actually learn more when learning is fun, because it seems interesting and you want to get to understand it better.


Why do you think tablet computers have become so popular? What makes these devices so desirable? i think they've became so popular because their portable touchscreen computers, it comes in handy for many people, especially lawyers,accountants & many more. It's desirable because their portable, and their way better the regular computers, and they hold more information.

Monday, January 3, 2011


What do you think is the most important feature of a tablet computer? How will this change the way we learn? The most important feature of a tablet computer is the information it comes with, i mean everything is important for example an ipad is a tablet computer it comes with a lot of important features. It will change the way we learn because it's an interesting new device/computer, give more information has more interesting features then a regular computer.