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Tonight on GeekNights, we talk around the whole Watson competing on Jeopardy stunt. But first, Nokia is now in bed with Microsoft, and Pandora filed an IPO for some reason.
The best human contestants donÃ¢Â€Â™t wait for, but instead anticipate when Trebek will finish reading a clue. They time their Ã¢Â€ÂœbuzzÃ¢Â€Â for the instant when the last word leaves TrebekÃ¢Â€Â™s mouth and the Ã¢Â€ÂœBuzzer EnableÃ¢Â€Â light turns on. Watson cannot anticipate. He can only react to the enable signal. While Watson reacts at an impressive speed, humans can and do buzz in faster than his best possible reaction time.
Why should it always buzz in first? To buzz in when you're not sufficiently certain that you know the answer only serves to lose you points.
Hey guys, I watched a 5 minute video yesterday, and knew more about Watson than you guys. A lot of your questions are trivially answered with no effort at all. Why show off exactly how ignorant you are on an episode about knowledge and ignorance? It's quite embarrassing.
It was a good idea! But by spending 5 minutes watching the "What is Watson?" video on the IBM website would have told you everything you needed to know about how it buzzes in, and why it doesn't buzz in every time immediately. Running late is an excuse, but I'd rather you do 5 minutes of research so you don't waste MY time, and you'd get a better show out of it too.
Scott, to your battle bots "anything goes but projectiles" league, could I build a a robot with a giant heat gun array that will lock on and try to desolder the other bot?