Emerging Technologies You Need to Know
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The IBM jStart team recently completed a project with North Carolina State University's Office of Technology Transfer and NCSU's Center for Innovation Managment Students. The jStart team created a solution using BigSheets, Cognos Content Analytics, and LanguageWare that was able to mine large amounts of unstructured web data. The goal was to produce analytics results that identified potential companies that could be interested in licensing technologies created at NC State. Data sources accessible via the web were crawled such as blogs, forums, corporate and governmental web sites. The analysis results and data visualization output were able to help the NCState team identify companies which might be interested in licensing the NC State's innovations as well as identify appropriate contact people inside those companies.
Read about the project here.
IBM jStart Emerging Technologies Development Manager
IBM recently announced that IBM computing system named “Watson” will compete on Jeopardy! against the show’s two most successful "Grand Champion" contestants -- Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Watson is a breakthrough human achievement in the scientific field of Question and Answering, also known as "QA." The Watson software is powered by an IBM POWER7 server optimized to handle the massive number of tasks that Watson must perform at rapid speeds to analyze complex language and deliver correct responses to Jeopardy! clues.
The shows will be aired on Feb. 14-16, 2011 and it will be interesting to watch. I remember watching the play-by-play on the Deep Blue chess match against Garry Kasparov. It was impressive to see IBM Deep Blue win the match, but remember chess is a game that has fixed set of variables and a finite set of possible moves for each play. This endeavor competing on Jeopardy is much more complex. Using natural language processing to decipher puns, riddles, and word clues is very difficult. The range of topics in Jeopardy is enormous and the correct "questions" need to be determined in a matter of seconds. (Watson will need to buzz in within a few mili-seconds after the answer is read or Jennings/Rutter could easily win the game.)
Good luck to all, it should be an exciting game.
Okay, it's not the real thing, but the New York Times website has an article on Watson with a link to an interactive multimedia simulation of a Jeopardy match with a Watson analog.
Although you're not facing off with a real supercomputer, it is interesting to see how Watson calculates a confidence threshold which mirrors how real humans play the game. Are you confident enough to risk answering, or is it more prudent to "pass"?
Oftentimes, my thinking matched the computer, at least in terms of what possibilities I was considering.
I happened to win with a score of 45-18. How did you do? Post a comment with your score.