A little while ago I posted a video of a robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 18.2 seconds. It’s really impressive… just maybe not as impressive as the following video about the robot (named Watson) that won the game show Jeopardy! last week.
Check it out:
Whoa. I mean, we’ve all used computers to help us answer questions, but having a computer that can listen, understand, speak, and actually answer the question you ask it is unheard of. I mean, among other things, that would be so helpful for OWL research! Just for fun, here is a shortlist of questions I would ask Watson if it was here right now:
- Who invented bananas?
- What is the longest pair of pants ever made?
- How cool are robots?! Really cool, right?!
Just kidding! (Mainly.)
I think my favourite part of the video is right at the very end when someone talks about what’s next for Watson. This is impressive technology, but what is it going to be used for? I read that medical diagnosis is just one possibility.
Hmm. This is beginning to sound like a great OWL article, isn’t it? Do you want to know how Watson works? Or maybe what that technology could be used for now and in the future? Let me know in the comments below!