The Internet Kitchen: Watson!
If you didn’t get a chance to see it or maybe you aren’t a Jeopardy nerd, a computer called Watson completely destroyed the two best Jeopardy players of all time this week in a three day battle of wits.
It was awesome and slightly scary to see some of the abstract answers Watson could come up with. Obviously the computer was great at fact-based questions, but I was amazed at its ability to get abstract questions right as well.
I think Ken Jennings’s response that he wrote on his final Jeopardy card last night pretty much sums it up. He wrote something like:
“I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords!”
The one thing I’d like to know more about is how Watson calculated its wager amounts for Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy. It always picked really strange amounts like, “$347”. I’m sure there was some super-complicated algorithm it was running to find out the best amount to wager. The scary part was that it would basically predict whether or not it would be able to answer the question. Almost like it was self-aware of its own knowledge base.
It was definitely an impressive display of new computing power, but frankly it kind of frightened me.
Ok. Back to cooking, something I think I could beat Watson at… FOR NOW. There’s this cool pizza joint down the street from us. They have some really crazy pizzas on their menu and I want to recreate one. You pick!
And a few links!
Crispy Shrimp Tacos – They call these taquitos where I come from but whatever you call them they look pretty much awesome. I’ve made taquitos before, but I baked mine. The toothpick trick is a good one. (@ White on Rice Couple)
Quarter Pound Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – If there’s one thing I despise, it’s a small cookie. Give me a big chewy oatmeal raisin cookie and I’ll be the happiest man around. These look perfect. (@ Vanilla Sugar)
Have a great weekend everyone! If you see a Watson walking down the street, ask it if it’s self-aware. If it is… punch it in the processor!
Photo by alecmcint.