Exploring Watson

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Exploring Watson
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IBM's Gerla Tesauro speaks on his work teaching Watson to play Jeopardy!.
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!.