Like Batman, James Bond and other iconic heroes, Sherlock Holmes has seen so many reinventions that the original image is almost forgotten. Arthur Conan Doyle would faint if he were alive to see what pop culture has made of his famed creation.
What do you think of a computer which can learn and reprogram itself? IBM flagged this with its Watson system, but things are moving fast. The game show playing Watson is now being replaced by serious computing capabilities.
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The concluding episode of Jeopardy! concluded with Alex Trebek stating what he's learned during the IBM Challenge. Trebek's first stated point was "Watson is fast, knows a lot of stuff and is capable of dominating a match."
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Whether you've been following the story of IBM's Jeopardy! Challenge for years, months, days or just happened to catch the first episode of Jeopardy! to feature a computer, named Watson, as a contestant.
Imagine a typical conversation between two humans. Exchanges of thought and insight are portrayed through a natural understanding of common language. Until IBM's Watson, modern day technology has only scratched the surface of cognitive interaction.