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.