IBM has developed a computer program, called Watson, that will take on human contestants playing the television game show Jeopardy! reports Technology Review. This program would have to know the intricacies of language, something that Deep Blue, the program that beat Garry Kasparov at chess, did not have to understand. In addition, Jeopardy! is an "open-world" game whose choices cannot be broken down into logical choices as they can in chess. IBM tells Tech Review that the program will have real world applications, including for search engines for medicine, customer service, and travel businesses. The hard part, experts add, will be to develop Watson for those other fields.
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