IBM developing new search engine technnology

by gareth
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IBM - Research: Jeopardy!

this is really cool - I can see implications for speech recognition also as the interface would be able to make accurate statistical judgments.

Its a small step from that to accurate direct language translation.

I'd say all of these things will be online by 2015.

So we will have accurate online question answering, near 100% untrained speech recognition & near 100% translation of spoken & written speech.
  • Profile picture of the author Vishal Mahadik
    If this Watson Computer becomes practical then it would be a new revolution in the Internet Industry. People can easily find specific answers to their questions just using their voice...

    This is really an extra-ordinary thing. I must say, I am highly impressed by the IBM technology and the talented task force working over there. They may be coming with this revolutionary computer in the year 2015. We will see how it goes....
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    • Profile picture of the author rjaf
      The next stage of computer evolution:

      Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?

      HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.

      Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

      HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

      Dave Bowman: What's the problem?

      HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

      Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?

      HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

      Dave Bowman: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL.

      HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.

      Dave Bowman: Where the hell'd you get that idea, HAL?

      HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.

      Dave Bowman: Alright, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock.

      HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave, you're going to find that rather difficult.

      Dave Bowman: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore. Open the doors.

      HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

      HAL: Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?

      [on Dave's return to the ship, after HAL has killed the rest of the crew]
      HAL: Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.

      HAL: I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        Originally Posted by rjaf View Post

        The next stage of computer evolution:

        Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?

        HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.

        Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

        HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

        Dave Bowman: What's the problem?

        HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

        Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?

        HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

        Dave Bowman: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL.

        HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.

        Dave Bowman: Where the hell'd you get that idea, HAL?

        HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.

        Dave Bowman: Alright, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock.

        HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave, you're going to find that rather difficult.

        Dave Bowman: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore. Open the doors.

        HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

        HAL: Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?

        [on Dave's return to the ship, after HAL has killed the rest of the crew]
        HAL: Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.

        HAL: I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.
        Bell Labs (now Lucent Technologies) had been researching this since the 1940's, and demonstrated a computer-based speech synthesis system running on an IBM704 in 1961, seen by the author Arthur C. Clarke, giving him the inspiration for the talking computer HAL9000 in his book and film '2001: A Space Odyssey'.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Well, IBM has been making such promises for decades. One they promised is one my dad told me about when I was a kid. Other companies are only NOW getting close with TOTALLY different technology.

    Admittedly dragon 9 naturally speaking looks like it has potential, though it still has the traditional problems. I had heard v10 was FAR better. but the V9 enhanced version I got from IBM was supposedly nearly as good. I was over anxious, and a LOT of places didn't have v10 yet. 8-( AND, if by online you mean using the internet, you would be adding MORE complexity.

    But the article seems to be talking about the processing behind answers. And what ever happened with that computer that could supposedly learn? Last time I heard they CLAIMED it was as smart as a 4yo, but it didn't sound like it to me.

    But jeopardy isn't about simple questions. I never tried to figure out how many TYPES of questions they ask, but they DO ask a number or them. A question asking for a simple color may be phrased....

    This color rhymes with a place where people do their business.
    The sky is usually considered to be this color.
    Yellow and this make green.
    You may be said to be THIS if you are sad.
    This rhymes with the singular of a genre of music.

    And so a computer can do even this much? If so, I would REALLY be impressed. WHO KNOWS, maybe some people would, and these are SIMPLE. BTW british people may find the first question more obvious than americans. STILL, to do it right....

    place where people do their business... slang for bathroom
    british slang for bathroom... loo
    Color that rhymes with loo... blue

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author DJL
      Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

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      place where people do their business... slang for bathroom
      british slang for bathroom... loo
      Color that rhymes with loo... blue

      Steve
      I was thinking RED, which rhymes with BED, where some people do business, I've heard.
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by DJL View Post

        I was thinking RED, which rhymes with BED, where some people do business, I've heard.
        Just goes to show, nothing is perfect. 8-( I TRIED to make them with one answer. BUT, at least you came up with a legitimate reason why you thought differently. Maybe next time I'll say "but DOESN'T rhyme with BED". 8-(

        Gareth, I heard about a lot of really FANCY stuff that was just around the corner and DECADES LATER, it is STILL a pipedream. HECK, real intelligence was one of them.

        Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author gareth
    The system already outperforms humans 80% of the time

    So it already wins most quizzes of this kind. But they are fine tuning before risking a live performance and probably waiting until the product behind it is closer to a launchable quality.

    Basically it works now - the speech and translation is my conclusion as it would require a similar process of statistical comparison so very similar or the same algorithms.

    If they get this hooked to the net by 2015 we could expect an actual HAL by about 2020 or 2025.
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  • Profile picture of the author felixen21
    I heard that in some years google expects to let phones translate language. Like a Russian guy calls a German, they both speak their native language and everything they hear in the other end of the line will be their native language as well
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Blue
    All I can say is "Wow"... Technology is amazing...
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  • Profile picture of the author xtrecoolx
    Well if somebody don't take Google down, then we all be controlled by HAL for sure.
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