Supercomputer Goes Synapse-to-Circuit with Jeopardy Champs

first_imgTags:#Real World#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Hey, remember when the IBM computer Deep Blue went up against a chess grandmaster? That was cute. Well now a “DeepQA” supercomputer will go up against someone with a brain in his head: a Jeopardy champion. Actually, the computer, named “Watson,” will go up against two of the winningest players in the show’s history, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.Natural Language MachineWatson is a “natural language processing question answer machine.” If that makes you think of the erstwhile search engine Ask Jeeves, it should. Though no doubt the engineers behind Watson are praying to their clanking robot gods that it won’t answer a question like “Where is CIA headquarters?” with a photo gallery featuring grown men in diapers. At any rate, Watson (named after the company’s founder, not the pistol-packing pimp from the Sherlock Holmes stories), will take on Jennings and Rutter in two matches over three days, February 14, 15 and 16. It has already done a number of test matches against former contestant and passed the Jeopardy knowledge test all contestants must take to qualify for the show. The company’s announcement outlines the goals behind creating the computer. “IBM scientists . . . set out to accomplish a grand challenge – build a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence. The Jeopardy! format provides the ultimate challenge because the game’s clues involve analyzing subtle meaning, irony, riddles, and other complexities in which humans excel and computers traditionally do not.”Lord. Good luck. Unfortunately, the company did not release the kind of technical information that might allow us to determine how likely it is that the computer is really “understanding” the questions in any substantive way, vs. just employing a fancy keyword algorithm. But we’ve contacted them for a comment. Dr. RobotIBM says the real-world applications of the technology that powers Watson “could be applied in areas such as healthcare, to help accurately diagnose patients, to improve online self-service help desks, to provide tourists and citizens with specific information regarding cities, prompt customer support via phone” and more. (Let’s hope Dr. Robot comes with a complete set of Asimov’s three laws of robotics. Insert your own Borg or remade joke here.)The challenge pays. The winner will take $1 million, second place $300,000 and third $200,000. IBM has committed to donating all of its prize money to charity and the humanoids have committed to donating 50% of theirs. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Other sources: Smarter Planet 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Floridas leading travel agents pleased with visit to Grand Bahama

Floridas leading travel agents pleased with visit to Grand Bahama

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, November 1, 2017 – Plantation, FL – The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) Plantation’s office recently hosted several travel agents from West Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade Counties, to Grand Bahama Island, October 27-28, 2017 via Balearia Caribbean.   The visit, which was part of the MOTA ongoing campaign, “The Bahamas is Open For Business, Come See For Yourself,” gave the agents an opportunity to experience first hand, the island’s major hotels, marinas and tourist attractions.“Feedback from the agents have been very positive and encouraging; the agents left the destination confident, knowledgeable and ready to sell our second city, Grand Bahama Island,” said Donna Mackey, Sr. Sales Manager, MOTA.According to Jennifer Gardiner-Bannister, Area Manager at the MOTA, “we have worked assiduously with our travel agents and tour operators communities over the past few years.    As we continue to strengthen our partnership alliance, we want to also build on our ‘on-line, off-line, on-island’ strategy with them.    This three step strategy, ‘on-line’, which through our website and other social media marketing platforms, provides awareness to these agents of our destination programs, new development, etc.; ‘off-line’ gives us an opportunity to engage and connect with them one-on-one, during sales missions product launches, training seminars and; on-island, where we invite agents to The Bahamas to better understand, promote and personally experience our diverse and unique multiple destination chain.   We want to ensure that we have and are providing them with the resources and all the information necessary, for them to do business with us and their clients to visit our shores, again and again,” she said.“Many persons seem to think that The Bahamas was devastated by the recent hurricanes. While two of our Southern islands, in particular, Ragged Island and Acklins, did sustain some property and infrastructural damages from Hurricane Irma, the rest of The Bahamas did not, including the hotels and marinas in our major islands: Nassau, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, Exuma, Abaco, Bimini, Andros and Eleuthera.   Tourism is our number one industry and the economic engine for the country, so it is imperative that we let the world know, through these agents, that The Bahamas feared well and is “open for business, come see for yourself,” she said.The trip is one of several on-going trips planned for the islands of Grand Bahama, Nassau and Bimini.    In addition to the familiarization trips, the MOTA sales departments have since the summer season, conducted a series of lunch and learn seminars on land and at sea to top producing travel agents in Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.Press Release: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

JK Bank scam Srinagar Deputy Mayors office raided exPDP ministers under scanner

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