Finally Found: A Human That Can Beat Watson… And It Turns Out To Be Rep. Rush Holt

from the bow-down-to-the-superior-mind dept

While IBM’s Watson obviously got a ton of attention for winning its big national TV challenge against two Jeopardy stars, apparently, IBM is taking the Jeopardy playing machine on tour, with a key stop being Congress. It got to play against a group of our elected officials… and one of them actually beat Watson. Say hello to Rep. Rush Holt — who was a bit of a ringer, since he’s actually a five-time Jeopardy champion. Holt apparently outscored Watson $8,600 to $6,200, though all the other Congressional Reps who went up against Watson were unable to master the computer. I guess this means that we should make Rep. Holt our new leader when the machines come to try to enslave us.

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umb231 (profile) says:

I was pretty sure I read somewhere that the congress people were playing against a slowed down or reduced capacity version of Watson, but can’t remember where I read it now… Making it possibly significantly less interesting depending on how reduced the capacity of the system was, but since it wasn’t televised, I guess we’ll never know.

Aerilus says:

yes but he sponsored the Judicious Use of Surveillance Tools in Counterterrorism Efforts Act. from what i am reading on wikipedia (yes take it with a grain of salt)

reading the summary of the bill i think we need to add him to the list with senator wyden

Judicious Use of Surveillance Tools In Counterterrorism Efforts Act of 2009 or the JUSTICE Act – Revises requirements for the issuance of and public reporting on national security letters and for judicial review of requirements for nondisclosure of the receipt of a national security letter. Amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) to revise requirements for obtaining orders for business records in counterterrorism investigations. Amends the federal criminal code to reduce from 30 to 7 days the period for notifying the target of a criminal investigation of the issuance of a search warrant. Prohibits the use of evidence in judicial and administrative proceedings if notice of a search warrant is delayed. Amends FISA to: (1) impose limits on roving electronic surveillance and the use of pen registers and trap and trace devices (devices for recording incoming and outgoing telephone numbers); (2) repeal provisions granting retroactive immunity to telecommunication providers for illegal disclosure of subscriber records; (3) prohibit the warrantless collection of certain communications of U.S. citizens known to reside in the United States; and (5) revise certain reporting and evidentiary requirements. Permits the recipient of a subpoena, order, or warrant issued under FISA to bring a challenge in either the district in which the subpoena, order, or warrant was issued or the district in which it was served. Amends the federal criminal code to: (1) redefine “domestic terrorism” as involving acts dangerous to human life that constitute a federal crime of terrorism; and (2) revise the crime of providing material support or resources to foreign terrorism organizations to require knowledge or intent that such support or resources will be used to carry out terrorist activity.

Aerilus says:

Re: Re:

on a related note the summary was written by the Congressional Research Service and the bill was also sponsored by senator Wyden as well as
Daniel Akaka [D-HI]
Jeff Bingaman [D-NM]
Richard Durbin [D-IL]
Frank Lautenberg [D-NJ]
Robert Men?ndez [D-NJ]
Jeff Merkley [D-OR]

Bernard Sanders [I-VT]
Jon Tester [D-MT]
Tom Udall [D-NM]
Ron Wyden [D-OR]

it didn’t pass
sorry for the long posts

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