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Final Jeopardy: Man Vs. Machine And The Quest To Know Everything (2011)

by Stephen Baker(Favorite Author)
3.79 of 5 Votes: 3
0547483163 (ISBN13: 9780547483160)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
review 1: So this book describes the much-hyped match between IBM's watson computer and Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. However, Mr. Baker devotes much more time to the actual creation of the computer, which is really fascinating. He discusses all the problems the programmers faced in actually attempting to make a computer that could play Jeopardy!. I would say it's a must-read for fans of Jeopardy! or people interested in AI type computers.
review 2: After being enraptured by the entire Watson-on-Jeopardy affair, it was SO satisfying to read in full all the nitty-gritty details of everything involved. The book capably gives little histories of the players and technologies involved and makes the final showdown quite exciting. Much of the technical de
... moretail of Watson's intelligence is left off the table (perhaps too boring for the average reader), and I still contend that Watson wasn't smart enough. It's beyond me that "he" couldn't decipher categories to determine what's wanted from "him," especially with with one-word questions that take the machine too long to process in comparison with humans. Watson got lucky. Jennings would have destroyed had he gotten the Daily Double he wanted. Fun book, but I've got to find reading on the technical details. less
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Great topic. Some interesting parts, but with too little content and too much overdramatized.
really engaging book on IBM Watson computer vs. Ken Jennings.
Everything Jeopardy is awesome, and this was no exception.
006.3 B1685 2012
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