What Peter said... (01)
But, I would add this comment: for those on this list who follow
Watson closely, I don't think that either the Computer History Museum
event or the Almaden event revealed any new information. It certainly
reenforced what we already knew, but nothing new, with the lone
exception that, sitting in the front row at CHM watching Watson
trounce some really smart volunteers (who had help from the audience)
was much more entertaining than watching Jeopardy on tv. For me, the
news was just how difficult buzzing in is in relation to timing the
On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 8:39 AM, Peter Yim <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> John and All,
> IBM put together a really solid (and information packed) program.
> Thanks for the invitation again, Jim.
> I was there (yesterday) and saw a few others from this community -
> among them Jack Park (TopicQuests), Eric Chan (Oracle). While mostly
> locals, there were folks flying in all the way from Philadelphia
> (although IBM had actually hosted a similar event in New York earlier)
> and other US cities as well.
> Leveraging the fact that the Watson team is out here (in the Silicon
> Valley), IBM was hosting, besides the program yesterday, a public
> event at the Computer History Museum with the Jeopardy podium and all
> (where, I heard, they had a parked hall, with many young kids too), as
> well as events happening at UC Berkeley and Stanford.
> In yesterday's program, besides IBMers presenting on Watson and its
> implication (and IBM's support) to academia and education, they
> brought in an outside panel, which included Ashwin Ram (from PARC),
> Joe Terdiman (from Kaiser Permanante) and David Israel (from SRI) to
> share their thoughts on challenges in education, and what machines can
> (or cannot) help now, and in the near future.
> (Being a very hot topic as it is) There was some coverage on "Big
> Data" and "Analytics" in the day's program as well.
> I am not sure if presented material are (or will be made available
> online). If anyone does know, please post a link.
> Regards. =ppy
> On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 6:41 AM, John F. Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Did any subscribers to Ontolog Forum attend the event? Does anyone
>> have any comments, insights, or pointers to relevant material?
>> (Copy of the original note to Ontolog Forum below.)
>> For related info, following is a 39 minute presentation by Ferrucci
>> from November 4:
>> In this talk, he doesn't discuss Jeopardy. Instead, he begins with
>> a general intro followed by a discussion of how the Watson technology
>> can be applied to other areas, especially medical informatics.
>> For another paper that goes into more technical detail, see
>> This is from the Proceedings of the 19th International Conference
>> on Case Based Reasoning (ICCBR'11).
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> From: *Jim Spohrer* <spohrer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Date: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 9:47 AM
>> Subject: Invitation Nov 16th IBM Almaden event - Watson Jeopardy!
>> Supercomputer & Education Event
>> To: peter.yim@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:peter.yim@xxxxxxxxx>
>> Hope all is well!
>> In case you or your Ontolog network are interested...
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