Exploring Watson

Exploring Watson
Photo: Jason Dorfman, CSAIL photographer
IBM's Gerla Tesauro speaks on his work teaching Watson to play Jeopardy!.
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IBM researcher Gerald Tesauro came to CSAIL Thursday evening to share IBM’s work teaching Watson superhuman strategies for its Jeopardy! challenge. Tesauro, who is widely known for his work developing a self-teaching neural network that learned to play backgammon, explained how IBM leveraged its Deep Blue question answering technology to make Watson a Jeopardy! champion
“This is the coolest project IBM has ever done,” said Tesauro, who delved into the various strategic aspects of Watson that helped maximize the system’s chances of winning Jeopardy!.