Marcia Clemmitt

Weekly Roundup: "What IBM's Jeopardy Machine Can Teach Us: Humility"

CQ Researcher blog | January 25th, 2011 | An IBM computer that's set to challenge Jeopardy super-champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter next month doesn't "think" the same way humans do. Rather than memorizing facts, the machine is programmed to treat every individual statement it's been fed as merely provisional -- not set in stone -- and to scan its memory for all related information before it states the answer that's most statistically probable, based on all the connections its memory contains.