Emerging Technologies You Need to Know
Our IBM jStart Emerging team works with several customers on unstructured text analytics projects. Occasionally, our team notices a technology gap and so our team creates solutions by working with our clients to meet their challenges and provide immediate, high time-to-value, solutions. For example, our team noticed that some clients wanted a Line-of-Business user to create and maintain dictionary lists of keywords that are used for text analysis and also be able to create text analytics rules. Our team created two technologies related to natural language processing (NLP) technologies: the NLP Utility which helps line of business users create new rules and annotations for their NLP solution, and the NLP Dictionary Server, to help line of business users to create, edit, manage, and collaborate with their NLP dictionaries.
Take a look at the articles (and related videos) on these NLP utilities and let us know your comments.
Manager, IBM jStart Emerging Technologies
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.
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.