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Final Jeopardy by Stephen  Baker
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May 03, 2011

really liked it
Read from April 10 to May 03, 2011

spurred to read by Adam Gopnik's april 4 NY article
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

Noah/Moses illusion
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 completing them, humans are helping, word by crooked word, to digitize world literature, making it accessible to computers
213 roger craig...1-day record, $77k. Programmed training in Perlscript
also, ANKI, on-line flash cards

Book's fast time to market. The IBM Watson Jeopardy show was in february. Got the hardback book in april, and it had a chapter on the contest.
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