from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Today is the final game of Jeopardy! where the IBM supercomputer Watson plays against two of the best human players to ever compete on the show. Folks on the East Coast already know the outcome by now, so feel free to ruin the suspense in the comments below for those of us in later time zones. But whatever the outcome, Watson's performance has been pretty interesting to watch. And let's hope these supercomputers don't start playing thermonuclear war any time soon. In the meantime, here are some links on AI beating humans at other games and tests.
- Deep Blue won its first game of chess against Garry Kasparov in 1996. The computer didn't win the match that year, but it won the re-match in 1997. [url]
- Checkers was declared "solved" in 2007 by the Chinook project. Chinook was actually stronger than any human player by 1996, but it took a few more years for Chinook to realize checkers was a futile game (like tic-tac-toe) and retire. [url]
- A few years ago, the Polaris poker bot beat a few professionals at Texas hold'em. So be careful playing poker online... [url]
- The famous long bet between Mitchell Kapor and Ray Kurzweil has $20,000 riding on the question of whether or not AI will pass a Turing test by 2029. The bet started in 2002, and Kapor even suggested back then that a machine might win at a Jeopardy! game show. [url]
- To discover more interesting stuff on artificial intelligence, check out what the robots at StumbleUpon suggest. [url]