How Watson Could Have Been Defeated on Jeopardy


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15 Responses to How Watson Could Have Been Defeated on Jeopardy

  1. First off I love the joke, but the geek in me won’t be quiet when tux is sitting on my shoulder shaking his head in shame.
    First: fsck is “file system check” (chkdsk for you windoze guys) fdisk is what they’re looking for Second: Why the assumption that the first partition of the slave drive on his ide controller is absolutely essential and completely fault intollerent? Third: Why an IDE drive? His drives are probably all scusi in raid so /dev/sgx would be far more appropriate or /dev/mdx even more so. Lastly: If he formatted the question correctly all he would get would be “No command ‘what’ found”

  2. First off I love the joke, but the geek in me won’t be quiet when tux is sitting on my shoulder shaking his head in shame.
    First: fsck is “file system check” (chkdsk for you windoze guys) fdisk is what they’re looking for Second: Why the assumption that the first partition of the slave drive on his ide controller is absolutely essential and completely fault intollerent? Third: Why an IDE drive? His drives are probably all scusi in raid so /dev/sgx would be far more appropriate or /dev/mdx even more so. Lastly: If he formatted the question correctly all he would get would be “No command ‘what’ found”

  3. First off I love the joke, but the geek in me won’t be quiet when tux is sitting on my shoulder shaking his head in shame.
    First: fsck is “file system check” (chkdsk for you windoze guys) fdisk is what they’re looking for Second: Why the assumption that the first partition of the slave drive on his ide controller is absolutely essential and completely fault intollerent? Third: Why an IDE drive? His drives are probably all scusi in raid so /dev/sgx would be far more appropriate or /dev/mdx even more so. Lastly: If he formatted the question correctly all he would get would be “No command ‘what’ found”

  4. First off I love the joke, but the geek in me won’t be quiet when tux is sitting on my shoulder shaking his head in shame.
    First: fsck is “file system check” (chkdsk for you windoze guys) fdisk is what they’re looking for Second: Why the assumption that the first partition of the slave drive on his ide controller is absolutely essential and completely fault intollerent? Third: Why an IDE drive? His drives are probably all scusi in raid so /dev/sgx would be far more appropriate or /dev/mdx even more so. Lastly: If he formatted the question correctly all he would get would be “No command ‘what’ found”

  5. First off I love the joke, but the geek in me won't be quiet when tux is sitting on my shoulder shaking his head in shame.
    First: fsck is "file system check" (chkdsk for you windoze guys) fdisk is what they're looking for Second: Why the assumption that the first partition of the slave drive on his ide controller is absolutely essential and completely fault intollerent? Third: Why an IDE drive? His drives are probably all scusi in raid so /dev/sgx would be far more appropriate or /dev/mdx even more so. Lastly: If he formatted the question correctly all he would get would be "No command 'what' found"

    • 1) Pronouncing "fsck" sounds a like like a certain four-letter word that also starts with F, so maybe they thought it was techslang for "f**k disk".
      2) Maybe watson_kernel.exe is installed to /dev/hdb1, and the buhmillions of internet pages and Wikipedia are stored on the rest of the drives? For it to work, you don't need to format data storage, just the part that runs the system (like if I used C: only for the OS install, and E: was all the documents and program files, I wouldn't fdisk E: if I wanted to do a clean install of Windows).
      3) This requires a bit of knowledge about how Final Jeopardy! works. In the early years of the show, forgetting to write it in the form of a question was pretty common. So they changed it so the contestants write the "What is" part at the same time as their wager, during the commercial break, so during actual Final Jeopardy!, they just write the answer itself. Maybe the way Watson was programmed is that the algorithms spit out just the answer itself, and then "What is " is appended to the string before sending it to the text-to-speech program (or in this case, the display). In which case, the system sees "fsck -f -y /dev/hdb1", a completely valid command, and decides to run it before appending the "What is " part.
      4) Even if fsck is only a disk scan command, assuming what I said in part 3 is right, Watson tied itself up in a scan of every last terrabyte, and never outputted the answer string to the display. So when Alex pushes the "display Watson's answer" button, he sees an empty panel and the wager, and Watson gets it wrong anyway.

  6. Even if the humans got the command wrong the funny part is that Watson would have gotten it correct and when it tried to process it may have actually a tiny chance or running the command.

  7. Computer based super-intelligence may help mankind muddle his way to a pristine gem of natural forces corralled by his manipulations, instead of the polluted sickened exploited mess Capitalism, Corporatism, have brought us to. An unbiased super-intelligence would be programmed by whom? Already, we see the difficulties in separating emotion, culture, religious backgrounds from the Super -intelligent computers of the new age, and the problem is: Us! Just like apogo said in his 1950's style comic strip!