On 13/02/2011 9:45 PM, John F. Sowa wrote:
> Patrick and Jack,
> Some comments:
>> Minsky did not sound bitter to me.
>> Disappointed that the news media has bestowed the AI crown on a system
>> with no more understanding of Jeopardy than an orrery has of
>> astrophysics, but not bitter.
> I don't understand that criticism.
> Does a program that proves a theorem understand theorem proving?
> When Cyc answers a question, does it understand question answering
> any better than Watson?
> Note that Watson generates hypotheses about what a question is
> asking for, evaluates alternative proposed answers, and uses
> deduction as a "reality check" on the answer. That seems to
> be more sophisticated than an inference engine that just
> carries out a straightforward deduction.
>> I agree that media has its own way of blowing things out of
>> proportion, but, as one who is doing a thesis research project that
>> only barely scratches the edges of the innovation found inside Watson,
>> I can only stand in solid recognition of towering accomplishment.
> I agree. Cyc has been working on commonsense reasoning since 1984.
> They defined 600 thousand concept types with 6 million axioms. But
> Watson has demonstrated quite a bit of common sense in answering a
> broader range of difficult questions than Cyc has.
> I would claim that Watson has found a better way. I can understand
> why Minsky might be jealous, but I don't know why he would be bitter.
> I think it's great that Watson is showing that AI-based technology
> can answer some difficult questions better than most humans.
> It's difficult to find good metrics for evaluating AI systems.
> Chess was one, but it was too specialized. Jeopardy is much
> closer to commonsense reasoning.
That much horsepower applied to chess would not even be interesting let
alone impressive. (01)
Jeopardy is a much more interesting game to test matching wits with humans. (02)
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