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Author Baker, Stephen, 1955 November 15-
Title Final jeopardy : the story of Watson, the computer that will transform our world / Stephen Baker.
Published Boston, MA : Mariner Books, 2012.
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 Floor4  QA76.9.N38 B35 2011    IN LIBRARY
Edition 1st Mariner Books ed.
Description 268 p. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-268).
Contents The germ of the Jeopardy machine -- And representing the humans -- Blue J is born -- Educating Blue J -- Watson's face -- Watson takes on humans -- AI -- A season of jitters -- Watson looks for work -- How to play the game -- The match.
Summary Researchers at IBM launched a billion-dollar project to develop a machine that could compete in the quiz show Jeopardy--and win. The machine faced off in a high-ratings match against two former champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Journalist Stephen Baker carries readers on a captivating journey from the IBM labs to the showdown in Hollywood. The story features brilliant Ph.D.s, Hollywood moguls, knowledge-obsessed Jeopardy masters--and a very special collection of silicon and circuitry named Watson. It was a classic match of Man vs. Machine, not seen since the chess-playing computer Deep Blue bested the world's reigning grandmaster, Garry Kasparov. And Watson needed to do more than churn through chess moves or find a relevant Web page--it had to understand language, including puns and irony, and master everything from history and literature to science, arts, and entertainment.--Adapted from publisher description.
Subject Natural language processing (Computer science)
Semantic computing.
Artificial intelligence.
Database management.
Watson (Computer)
Jeopardy! (Television program)
ISBN 9780547747194
OCLC number 744294561