Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything
Get the eBook version of Stephen Baker's Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything a month before the epic February 2011 event—a nationally-televised face-off between Jeopardy! all-time winners Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, and an IBM-engineered computer named Watson. The eBook’s final chapter will divulge the winner and analyze the match, and will...more
But this was not a book that told that story. It was really the human drama that followed three groups of in...more
I enjoyed reading the book. It's well written. Mr. Baker walks us through the whole process from off-the-cuff idea, admitting that no one is absolutely sure...more
Baker charts Watson from mere suggestion -- back around 2006 -- to the final version that played on the show. The perspective is mostly...more
[ Interestingly, Ken Jennings (of the 74-game winning streak on Jeopardy!)...more
This book answers those questions and more! I was highly interested during most of the book. It was not too heavy on technical det...more
My problems with this book were small,...more
Even after watching the man vs. machine showdown live on TV and rewatching it on Youtube, reading the final chapter showed the actual workings of the mind behind the scenes. Kudos to Jennings and Rutter for taki...more
re Turing humanness tests, best is how well computer interrupts, gets distracted, rely on "uh's" and "ah's".
Reagan's "well" = Capraesque cheer
Obama's "Look" = Spockian certitude
Jennings' use of flash cards
194 Watson gives confidence-rated "hypotheses", not "answers".
202 SAS goal: make systs run 1000X or 1MX faster, enabling them to look at 1M more input
208 How search engines think
209 captchas are drawn from old books---by comp...more
I was VERY surprised and unimpressed by the book's documentation. There is no index, and many of the sources are not documented, e.g., on page 162 there is a long quote from Samuel Butler. Baker does not tell which of Butler's wo...more
This presentation by Dr. David Ferrucci, where he talks about programming Watson, is a nice supplement to this book
Baker suggests several other related books here: http://thebrowser.com/interviews/step...
I plan to check them out as well!!!
Very interesting book, and very effective at putting the achievement in a broader context and thinking about what the future might hold.
Although it lacked deep technical details that I would have enjoyed, it gave a brief overview of the team behind the machine including things like the politics of working with the Jeopardy staff.
Stephen Baker is an American journalist. Until 2009 he worked for covered technology for BusinessWeek. In November, he left to go freelance and finish his first book.