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    Description"The thrilling story of the computer that can play Jeopardy! Alex Trebek: Meet Watson."For centuries, people have dreamed of creating a machine that thinks like a human. Scientists have made progress: computers can now beat chess grandmasters and help prevent terrorist attacks. Yet we still await a machine that exhibits the rich complexity of human thought -- one that doesn't just crunch numbers, or take us to a relevant Web page, but understands us and gives us what we need.That vision has driven a team of engineers at IBM. Over three years, they created "Watson" and prepared it for a showdown on "Jeopardy!, " where it would take on two of the game's all-time champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, in a nationally televised event." Final Jeopardy" is the entertaining, illuminating story of that computer and that epic match.It's a classic tale of Man vs. Machine. Like its human competitors, Watson has to understand language, including puns and irony, and master everything from history, literature, and science to arts, entertainment, and game strategy. After years of training, Watson can find the scrambled state capital in "Hair Gel" ("What is Raleigh?") and even come up with the facial accessory that made Moshe Dayan recognizable worldwide ("What is an eye patch?"). Watson may just be the smartest machine on earth."Final Jeopardy" traces the arc of Watson's "life," from its birth in the IBM labs to its big night on the podium. We meet Hollywood moguls and "Jeopardy!" masters, genius computer programmers and ambitious scientists, including Watson's eccentric creator, David Ferrucci. We gain access to Ferrucci's War Room, where the IBM team works tirelessly to boost Watson's speed to the buzzer, improve its performance in "train wreck" categories (such as "Books in Espanol"), and fix glitches like the speech defect Watson developed during its testing phase, when it started adding a d to words ending in n ("What is Pakistand?").Much is at stake, especially for IBM. A new generation of Watsons could transform medicine, the law, marketing, even science itself, as machines process huge amounts of data at lightning speed, answer our questions, and possibly come up with new hypotheses.Showdown aside, it's clear that the future has arrived. But with it come questions: Where does it leave humans? What will Watson's heirs be capable of in ten or twenty years? Is it time to declare defeat in the realm of facts? What should we teach our children? And what should we carry around in our own heads?"Final Jeopardy" takes on these questions and more in a narrative that's as fast and fun as the game itself. Baker shows us how smart machines will fit into our world -- and how they'll disrupt it. www.finaljeopardy.net


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    Title
    Final Jeopardy
    Subtitle
    Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Baker
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 102 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780547483160
    ISBN 10: 0547483163
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TEC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.9
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    BIC subject category V2: TB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    DC21: 006.3
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    Ingram Subject Code: XG
    Libri: I-XG
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    BISAC V2.8: TEC000000
    DC22: 006.3
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: COM079000
    B&T Approval Code: A07603000
    BISAC V2.8: COM004000
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    B&T Approval Code: F80602400
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    LC classification: QA76.9.N38 B35 2011
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    Thema V1.0: TB
    Edition statement
    None.
    Publisher
    HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
    Imprint name
    HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
    Publication date
    01 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Boston, MA
    Review quote
    "The book is the place to go if you're really interested in this version of the quest for creating Artificial Intelligence (AI)....lively" -"Seattle Times" "Baker skillfully weaves the two threads of the story together, and the book contains many passages that make the reader not only assess what they think but how they think, and how they have absorbed and stored the knowledge they possess. It's books like this that remind us there is still so much we don't understand about our own brains, and that the journey of discovery has only just begun." -Culture Mob "Baker's narrative is both charming and terrifying...an entertaining romp through the field of artificial intelligence - and a sobering glimpse of things to come." -STARRED, "Publishers Weekly"
    Back cover copy
    Praise for Stephen Baker's "The Numerati" "A highly readable and fascinating account of the number-driven world we now live in."--"Wall Street Journal" "A must-read for anyone who wants to understand life and business in the Google Age."--Chris Anderson, editor in chief of "Wired" and author of "The Long Tail" "An utterly fascinating book . . . [that] manages to explain this cutting-edge phenomenon and its sometimes frightening impacts in accessible prose."--"Seattle Post-Intelligencer" "An eye-opening and chilling book."--"Portfolio" "A fascinating and fast read. Baker has a knack for describing statistical techniques in ways that everyone can understand, without formulas and without jargon, while illustrating them with real-world issues."--"National Review" ""The Numerati" is a rare read, as enlightening as it is entertaining. It will change the way you look at life."--Arianna Huffington, "Huffington Post"
    Flap copy
    The thrilling story of the computer that can play "Jeopardy!" Alex Trebek: Meet Watson.For centuries, people have dreamed of creating a machine that thinks like a human. Scientists have made progress: computers can now beat chess grandmasters and help prevent terrorist attacks. Yet we still await a machine that exhibits the rich complexity of human thought -- one that doesn't just crunch numbers, or take us to a relevant Web page, but understands us and gives us what we need.That vision has driven a team of engineers at IBM. Over three years, they created "Watson" and prepared it for a showdown on "Jeopardy!," where it would take on two of the game's all-time champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, in a nationally televised event. "Final Jeopardy" is the entertaining, illuminating story of that computer and that epic match.It's a classic tale of Man vs. Machine. Like its human competitors, Watson has to understand language, including puns and irony, and master everything from history, literature, and science to arts, entertainment, and game strategy. After years of training, Watson can find the scrambled state capital in "Hair Gel" ("What is Raleigh?") and even come up with the facial accessory that made Moshe Dayan recognizable worldwide ("What is an eye patch?"). Watson may just be the smartest machine on earth."Final Jeopardy" traces the arc of Watson's "life," from its birth in the IBM labs to its big night on the podium. We meet Hollywood moguls and "Jeopardy!" masters, genius computer programmers and ambitious scientists, including Watson's eccentric creator, David Ferrucci. We gain access to Ferrucci's War Room, where the IBM team works tirelessly to boost Watson's speed to the buzzer, improve its performance in "train wreck" categories (such as "Books in Espanol"), and fix glitches like the speech defect Watson developed during its testing phase, when it started adding a "d" to words ending in "n" ("What is Pakistand?").Much is at stake, especially for IBM. A new generation of Watsons could transform medicine, the law, marketing, even science itself, as machines process huge amounts of data at lightning speed, answer our questions, and possibly come up with new hypotheses.Showdown aside, it's clear that the future has arrived. But with it come questions: Where does it leave humans? What will Watson's heirs be capable of in ten or twenty years? Is it time to declare defeat in the realm of facts? What should we teach our children? And what should we carry around in our own heads?"Final Jeopardy" takes on these questions and more in a narrative that's as fast and fun as the game itself. Baker shows us how smart machines will fit into our world -- and how they'll disrupt it.